Name Are Wiig
Born October 2nd 1959 – Baerum, Norway
Domicile Svelvik, Norway
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.”
Type OE32 masthead cutter
Race No 7
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.