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 voilierspectacle.com.
Iconic Merlin in the Biennial Newport-Bermuda Race
If you’re over 40 and know anything about sailing, you probably know exactly who Bill Lee is. The image is clear: bushy brown hair escaping from a Gilligan-style bucket hat, oversized sunglasses and a wrinkled flower-print button-down shirt. We (I’m 43) can also picture the ...read more