Patrick O’Brien sailed on board the 1939 William Fife-built, Laurent-Giles designed 12-metre racing yacht Flica II in 1960 and has sent some photos of the yacht under sail that year.
I’ve published them here with the Beken company’s blessing, so my thanks go to them.
Patrick is one one of the figures in middle of cockpit leaning out a bit to adjust the port runners.
He says: ‘She was flying the giant Herbulot spinnaker and we had Mme Herbulot’s two daughters on board, as they worked in her sail loft.’
Thanks Patrick! That first photo with the giant spinnaker is magnificent.