- 05 November 2011 | Windsurfing
The NeilPryde Racing Series held its stopover in Hong Kong on the 28th of October and provided a spectacular display of close-quarter racing at Stanley beach, the most popular windsurfing spot in Hong Kong.
The NeilPryde Racing Series is a tour featuring the new, universal One-design windsurfing class, the RS:One. The tour started in January in the prestigious Marina Bay in Singapore, and has since made stopovers in Dunkerque (France), Aalborg (Denmark), Nice (France) and Miami (USA).
30 racers from 7 nations (Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Canada and Belgium) achieved 5 qualifications races (the whole fleet racing together) with an intense tempo on short and dynamic race courses allowing the super final to be raced with the top 3 of each division at 4 pm. The winner of each division (Male and Female Youth/Seniors/Masters) shared the 3,000 prize euros money in a perfect sunny day with 27 degrees and a wind between 8 to 14 knots.
The top 15 windsurfers pushed their limits with an intense final. There was no room for error with a fast paced reaching start under the "black flag" whereby any racer starting early would be disqualified. The umpires delegated to give direct penalties at the super final did not have to raise any penalty flags as the fleet behavior was exemplary.
The domination from the young RS:X athlete, Chen Kwok Fai, was impressive with a lightning start and a perfect race strategy allowing him to win the Senior Men's division and the overall ranking from the final.
Oka Sulaksana from Indonesia took the first place in Master Men (a repeat from Singapore). The Youth boys winner is To Lok Yiu from Hong-Kong while the Chinese Chan Siu Yan is taking the Youth Girl crown. In senior Women, Hong-Kong again claimed the first place with Chan Hei Man.
Youth Boys (17 years old and younger):
1st TO LOK YIU (HKG)
2nd LEE CHUN TING (HKG)
3rd NG HO YIN (HKG)
Youth Girls (17 years old and younger):
1st CHAN SIU YAN (CHN)
2nd CHAU KIN GHING LYDIA (CHN)
3rd LAM YAU CHUN (HKG)
Senior Men (17-35 years old):
1st CHEN KWOK FAI (HKG)
2nd LEUNG HO TSUN (HKG)
3rd I GEDE SUBAGIASA (INA)
Senior Women (17-35 years old):
1st CHAN HEI MAN (HKG)
2nd SUEN LAI MEI (CHN)
3rd HOIRIYAH (INA)
Master Men (35 years old and older):
1st I GUSTI MADE OKA SULAKSANA (INA)
2nd PHANUTHAT RUAMSAP (SIN)
3rd MUHAMMAD TANVEER (PAK)