Published: Thursday, 06 October 2011

Winner of the HKPN Division and HKPN Overall in the 2007 San Fernando Race on his yacht Cordelia, Tim Wilson, who has been racing for more than 40 years, first brought El Oro to Hong Kong last year when the Race was originally slated to take place but was postponed due to Typhoon Megi.

“We are looking forward to the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race because we got a feeling of how good this Race could be with 30kts down wind last year and 20kts speed down the waves with reefs in.  We blew our jenny last year and we have a larger more durable sail this year so I am hoping we can show our full potential if the weather conditions allow. Our biggest challenges will be light weight flyers in light airs, however I am told this is unlikely at this time of year but one never knows.  Whatever happens, we aim to have fun and do our very best!” says Tim Wilson.

Also on board is Stephen Wall who is no stranger to racing on the South China Sea having competed in three of RHKYC’s China Sea Races from Hong Kong to Subic Bay (2004/2006/2008) as well as the RHKYC San Fernando Race from Hong Kong to San Fernando in 2007.  Stephen’s last foray into the South China Sea was during the 2008 Rolex China Sea Race aboard Strewth which was forced to turn around and return safely to Hong Kong after losing her keel about 170nm south east of Hong Kong, en route to Subic Bay.

Barbara Pegna, the sole woman on board, was part of the original El Oro crew entered in the 2010 VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. Barbara who had to be medically air-lifted off the yacht after a fall down the main hatch onto the navigation desk in lumpy post-typhoon conditions “has bravely put up her hand for this year” says Tim and she is looking forward to racing.

Derek McDonnell joins the mighty El Oro as the least experienced member of the crew. An old hand at Sydney "twilights" on much smaller boats; this will be his first ocean race.

Tim Wilson adds “I have a great collection of intrepid ocean sailors who are all past the meridian.  We are ably abetted by a professional sailing master, Simon Blundell, and crew from our Burmese work force.”