Ralph Villiger – Ntombifuti – Finished 1st July 15:12 EDT

Photos by Meagan Beauchemin

After 35 days, 8 hours and 12 minutes, Ralph Villiger crossed the finish line in Newport, RI and became the first Swiss German to complete the OSTAR. The early stages of Ralph’s race were plagued with difficulty forcing him to turn back to Brest, France to make repairs to his aluminium sloop Ntombifuti. Determined not to be knocked out the the race because of engine problems, Ralph spent an agonising 8 days in France as he watched the fleet extend their lead westward. Ralph was encouraged by friends to continue on and received a great number of messages of support. He plans to enjoy a week of R&R in Newport, RI before sailing home via Greenland.

Congratulations Ralph!