OUT 2018

Are Wiig (62)




Name Are Wiig

Born October 2nd 1959

Nationality Norvegian

Country of entry Norway

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

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.”


Boat [Suhaili]

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.

Skipper Updates

September 7th 2018 12:00 AM

Are Wiig gave a funny recount of his experiences at a Royal Cape Yacht Club social on Wednesday night, and had everyone rolling in laughter. He is still busy with the yacht return planning, and has all the information to ship back, will decide soon.

September 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

“ETA CT APPX 2100Z, ALL WELL / ETA CAPE TOWN APPX 2100 UTC, ALL WELL” was the last text message from ARE WIIG received by GGR Race Control last night, before he arrived around 11pm in Cape Town. The arrival of ARE WIIG in Cape Town, South Africa puts an end to its ambitious project, due to the damage 7 days ago, of the desmasting and knockdown of Olléanna.It is sad but it is the lot of this race around the world, solo and nonstop, without modern equipment of communication. Fortunately, his great sea experience allowed him to take shelter safely.

August 31st 2018 12:00 AM

Here is his last text message of the day : “NEAR CALM, MOTORING. ALL OK”.ARE WIIG is at less than 130 NM from Cape Town. He should be there for the weekend !

August 28th 2018 12:00 AM

Are WIIG Dismated 400NM SW of Capetown !

The GGR fleet woke up quite sad this morning…Are Wiig, the Norvegian, who was 4th in overall ranking until yesterday, broke coupling on the servo blade of his Monitor wind vane and broke again so he was hand steering for seven hours but had to stop for a break, decided to Hove too and then he was rolled 360 in the afternoon. This was the second coupling to go in this storm. He rang GGR Control at 16.30 UTC and He is OK. He sounds very confident about setting up a jury rig and getting to Cape Town. The weather is moderating over the next few days. The rest of the fleet have been notified about the sad news but no assistance is needed so far, so the fleet is back onto racing this morning. GOOD LUCK ARE!!! STAY SAFE.

August 26th 2018 12:00 AM

In the wake of the leader, ARE WIIG, 4th overall, spent a week-end for the less agitated … The Norwegian reports to have been knocked down twice, sailing on an average of 7 knots in winds up to 50 knots, and a 7 to 8 m swell. But Are sounds fine (via satellite 24/08/18): “REEFS OUT,BLUE SKY,11C,BRKFST WILL BE SERVD I RESTAURANT SOON” and (via satellite le 27/08/18) “SPESIAL GREETINGS TO SCOOLBOYS FROM SOUTHERN OCEAN. AW”.

August 22nd 2018 12:00 AM

The Norvegian is doing well -6,3 knots this morning with Olleanna. He stands on 3d position behind Jean-Luc and Marks Slats. Good way down these lasts days when he managed to escape from a windless and messy sea.

August 16th 2018 12:00 AM

ARE will slow from his 5.7 speeds overnight for maybe 12 hrs and then pick up again and will hold his relative good position, still 3d in overall ranking. He reports this morning on his weekly sat phone call, that he “really likes the boat” and “has sailed nearly 2000 milles upwind” so far since the start and “only few times with the Spi”. He then mentioned about the Radio chat sessions with the other entrants : “We are sharing positions and thoughts about the weather, and we are racing, but also helping each other”. Are enjoys the retro adventure “LIKE 50 YEARS AGO,CREEDENS ON THE CASETPLAYER THISEVENING.AW”

August 14th 2018 12:00 AM

Are #Wiig (via satellite) seems to have well progressed and enjoyed his last few days. He wrote last weekend : “WIND CAME WITH THE SUN,10-15KN,ASYM FIRST THE CODE.BUTIFULDAY”, “OVERSLEPT TNGHT,GENOA WAS BACKED AND BOW POINT NORT,HOW LONG?” Then, his “GASREG.FOR OVEN BLOWD.GOOD I HAVE JETBOIL AND DIESELHEATER.AW”.

August 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Are Wiig stands out from his peloton and is now in third position overall! He is carrying on his descent south at a good pace, maintaining his route and chasing the two leaders, less than 400 nautical miles ahead… Are Wiig, confident, wrote “ST.HELENA IS PAST,PREPARE FOR SOUTHERNOCEAN.ALL OK” and explained this afternoon that there is “ LIGHTER WIND.CAN FIX SOME LEAKS ON DECK TODAY.ALL WELL”.

August 7th 2018 12:00 AM

Are after his nice comeback is now 5th overall, still in the peloton east, followed by TAPIO LEHTINEN, UKU RANDMAA, and SUSIE GOODALL, the most westerly, and IGOR ZARETSKIY, slightly further. All are pushed in a south-southeast flow that should accompany them for a few days and even allow a progressive incurvation to the east. Remains that a band of high pressure is announced on their trajectory in 3 days. It will be necessary not to soften to pass without difficulty. Are reports ” TWO BIRDS ONBOARD TNGHT,ONE XHAUSD.FLEW AGAIN IN TWILIGHT.AW” and that he is in a “Moderate breeze, force 4, beating, all well”.

August 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

After an incredible rise in the rankings from the Canary Islands, ARE WIIG fell into a hole without wind at the end of July and passed the Equator all the same in 6th place. At just over 300 miles behind the Top 3, ARE, well positionned alongside UKU Randmaa, SUSIE GOODALL, TAPIO LEHTINEN, is now sliding south 5-6 knots, securing his rank. He seems well on board and enjoying the adventure, continuing to push Olléanna, by optimizing the potential of the smallest boat in the fleet!

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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