Slowest boat doing well: download our 5 page feature on Will Sayer
The slowest boat in the OSTAR singlehanded transatlantic race is currently leading on handicap, according to estimated reports. Will Sayer’s Sigma 33c, Elmarleen is leading his class on the water and the fleet on handicap.
Will bought Elmarleen in 2001 as a floating wreck and spent five years rebuilding her. PBO published a five-page feature on Will, Elmarleen and the OSTAR race in the June issue. You can download the article for free by clicking on this link – Wreck to Transat Racer: Will Sayer’s OSTAR preperations
Will has reported problems with his satellite phone and other equipment: his latest missive listed his problems. His windvane had wrenched off its moutings, he had to carry out a repair with a soldering iron to mend his alternator, and, last week was forced to climb the rig to save his mast after a lower shroud broke.
The fleet has now left behind the extreme conditions that have battered them over the past few days, and the leaders have hit a ridge of high pressure. In true OSTAR style, the wind is now expected to come ahead.