Are Wiig (58)



Name Are Wiig

Born October 2nd 1959

Nationality Norvegian

Country of entry Norway

Are Wiig is a professional seaman, engineer and yacht surveyor from Svelvik near Oslo. He has chosen an Olle Enderlin designed OE32 class double-ender named Olleanna to compete in the Race. Wiig, who has more than five decades of sailing experience, finished 2nd in class in the 1988 OSTAR with his 30ft yacht Granada. He later covered more than 30,000 miles in that boat before building and sailing a 33ft catamaran. In 2000 he bought a sistership to the 56ft multihull Umupro Jardin, winner of the 1984 OSTAR, and won several shorthanded and fully crewed races in his native Norway.

He says of the Race: “The Golden Globe is a dream come true.”



Name Olleanna
Type OE32 masthead cutter
Designer Olle Enderlein
Builder Sundsör’s Ship Yard (SWE)
LOA 32.45ft / 9.89m
LWL 27.89ft / 8.50m
Beam 10.43ft / 3.18m
Draft 4.90′ / 1.50m
Displacement 1373 lbs / 6220 kgs
Sail area 504sq. ft / 46.8sq. m

Are Wiig bought his OE 32 class yacht Olleanna in 2015 and the job of making her compliant with the GGR rules began. This Olle Enderlein designed yacht is modeled on the classic Scandinavian double-ender and was designed in 1971. Olleanna was built in 1973, is fitted with a masthead rig and makes surprisingly good speed, even in light winds.

In October 2017, Wiig completed a 2,600-mile solo voyage from Oslo up into the Arctic Circle to North Cape (71° N) and back. “I experienced steady winds between 10 and 40knots with gusts of 70knots off South Utsire. The boat performed very well, averaging 6knots throughout the voyage.” He says. The voyage also uncovered several leaks around deck fittings and windows, which he fixed during a final refit during the 2017/18 winter ready to be relaunched once the ice melted in the Spring.

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July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Are continues to perform beyond what is reasonable. He is often the fastest boat on the tracker and is not letting up. He has wiggled his way through the Cape Verde archipelago maintaining fourth position with a solid lead on Susie Goodall. Are is headed for a section of the doldrums that looks like it still has some wind so he might just keep up his dazzling performance.

July 18th 2018 12:00 AM

Are continues to hold onto fourth position with a forty mile lead on the next boat. His path down the east side of Fuerteventura did not turn out to have any impact on his position either way. He ripped his spinnaker in the boisterous condition after the Canary Islands but there is no evidence that he is slowing his progress relative to the rest of the fleet. Are continues to perform very well.

July 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Are slipped into the Lanzarote mark in the dark in fourth position. The smallest boat in the fleet is turning heads. He reported that he was missing his wife but appeared well rested and comfortable aboard the Olleanna. His boat and systems are all performing well. He was the first to take the eastern route down the coast of Fuertaventura. Keep an eye on the GGR Live Tracker for how that turns out.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Are continues to punch above his weight, nagging the front runners. This quietly competent sailor is clearly in his element reporting that he is settling into a routine. He is onto his celestial navigation and comfortable enough with it, to miss a few sights due to cloud cover. There is almost disapointment in his report of no gear failure, when you know that his cabin is setup like a workshop, ready to rebuild the boat as necessary.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

The smallest yacht in the fleet is certainly not the slowest

Are on the mighty Olleanna, is punching above his weight. The smallest yacht in the fleet is certainly not the slowest and has performed well in the light air since the start. The OE32/34 has a long waterline so it is clear that she should not be discounted.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Are Wiig is looking forward to the ice melting. The Norwegian has been working on his OE 32 Olleanna ashore over the winter months and plans to set sail from Oslo on the 900-mile leg to Falmouth at the end of May.

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