Sailors in the Olympic & Invited Classes regatta left Sandringham Yacht Club at noon for their penultimate day of racing at Sail Melbourne in ideal 10 knot south-south easterlies breezes that steadily built to 15 knots and, by 3.00pm, to 23 knots with steep sharp seas.
With most racing near to or on schedule, race management postponed then abandoned racing in all classes.
The Mistral sailboard fleet, which until today had struggled to complete races in light, fluky winds, relished the stiff conditions and managed to complete Races 7 and 8.
In a major coup for Hong Kong, five of their male and two female board riders took the top positions in their respective fleets in Race 7 and did enough in Race 8 to totally dominate both divisions. They have been a cut above the rest of the fleet throughout the series and will be taking home a veritable treasure trove of trophies tomorrow.
In the battle of Hong Kong competitors, Cheng Kwok Fai has a one point lead from Ho Chi Ho, the earlier series leader, with Chan King Yin one further point away; such is their battle for supremacy.
The Womens is lead by Chan Wai Man, just three points ahead of Chan Wai Kei, with French girl, Gourand Solenn in third.