Born in Hong Kong Oscar started sailing when he was 8 years old, crewing for his father in the Hong Kong match racing championships which were held in Wanderer dinghies that year. They won! Three seasons in a 29er dinghy sailed out of Middle Island in Hong Kong followed, then a season in Toppers in the UK and two years in Laser radials, before a move to Cowes and a growth spurt put Oscar more in line for big boat sailing (or maybe a Finn, but who is going to beat Ben??!!!!)
In early 2006 Oscar had an opportunity to sail his first long offshore when he joined Peter and Louise Morton on board Frank Pongs Richel Pugh 76 footer “Boracay” (the ex Enigma of Charles Dunstone) in the China Sea Race, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club / RORC race from Hong Kong to Manila.
After the first night of 20 to 25 knots of wind which went well, Oscar suffered 48 hours of seasickness which was an inauspicious start to his offshore career!!! He survived and by the end of the series was doing mainsheet inshore.
The following winter he rebuilt a Quarter Tonner, having acquired the shell of a Dubois designed Starflas from Peter which he steered in Cowes Week 2006, but only after bolting the last few fittings on the boat (which he called Wild Bean) on a Sunday night.
Several top 5 places were achieved despite the lateness of the re-build and the inexperience of the helmsman! In June of 2007, and still only 16 years old, Oscar was Bowman for James and David in the Etchells class World Championships sailed in Cowes where they finished 4th overall. Oscar was the youngest competitor in the event which was sailed in unrelentingly strong winds.
In March 2008 Oscar got the use of a J105 for the season with an aim of starting his shorthanded sailing career and together with Juneau Oscar has sailed over 2000 miles solo this year as well as another 500 miles double-handed. Stay tuned for more updates regularly and if you would like to join Team Oscar please contact us via the online form on this site.