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El Oro, 1975, 68 ft Ketch
Tim Wilson and his yacht El Oro. 68 foot 1975 Auzepy-Brennuer Yacht. El Oro’s design was based on the 1973 Whitbread Round the World Race yacht, Kriter, which finished third in the first race. In 1974, El Oro, built of mahogany on oak frames, was launched in France and her lines are typical of the era with a French clipper bow as seen on Eric Tabarly’s Pen Duick III. After a two-year restoration by the current owner, Tim Wilson, in Myanmar, she then cruised Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo and up to Hong Kong. Plans to sail her to Europe through the Suez Canal last year were thwarted by the civil war in Yemen, so she was shipped to Denmark, cruised the Baltic, then sailed down through the Kiel Canal, English Channel to the Canary Islands.