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.
Swan Flyer: A Hot New One-design
In a racing scene that’s bristling with innovation, legacy builder Nautor’s Swan refuses to be left behind in its quest to dominate the champagne end of one-design sailing. Arriving hard on the heels of the radical Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed ClubSwan 50, the ClubSwan 36 offers a ...read more