Air and Water

Most sailors only go aloft when necessary—either to do some kind of repair or maybe to get a better view while picking their way into a strange harbor. For French sailors Franck Rabilier and Delphine Lechifflart, though, messing about in their boat’s rigging is the most natural thing in the world. Currently partway through a circumnavigation, the two acrobats have staged dozens of performances at the various ports they’ve been visiting aboard their 37-foot sloop La Loupiote. At press time they were working their way down the West Coast toward Central America. Accompanying them are their daughters Lova, 11, and Ondja, 3, who’s been sailing since she was a month and a half old. For more on the couple and their seaborne aerial show, visit

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