Hanging tough for the RS-X medal race

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Chan Wai Kei (HKG) starts with the leaders.
It‘s ‘hang tough’ time for the Hong Kong windsurfers as the Olympic regatta comes to its final stages. There is one more race in the series (tomorrow) before the top ten in the fleet go forward to a Medal Race – double points scoring and no discard allowed.

After nine races Chan Wai Kei is in 9th position on the Women’s leaderboard and Chan King Yin is 7th on the Men’s. There’s been a mixed bag of wind conditions over the last few days, and not always the halfway-to-nothing puffy stuff that was promised for Qingdao. The first race today started in a reported 20 kts of breeze, with the Men’s fleet streaking across the start line – and the Ladies following 10 minutes later in a mere 17 knots.

Here are some shots of the Asian windsurfers at work. (Tomorrow’s picture story will come from the Star and Tornado fleets).

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. RS:X. Ek Boonsawad (THA), Wang Aichen (CHN).

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Chan Wai Kei (HKC) coming home in front of Yin Jian (CHN).

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Chan Wai Kei (HKG).

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Chan Wing Kin (HKG)

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Chan Wai Kei (HKG).

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Chan King Yin (HKG).
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