by Lauren Saalmuller

Lauren Saalmuller is SAIL's Assistant Editor. She sails in both New England and Fire Island.

When a team of UK-based scientists learned that the population of the Earth’s marine phytoplankton had declined 40 percent since 1950, they set out to find the cause. Phytoplankton is the ocean’s primary producer, and a decrease in its population could mean trouble for oxygen production, food chain supply and climate regulation. 
Franck Rabilier and Delphine Lechifflart lead no ordinary life. As liveaboard sailors and professional acrobats who use their sailboat as a stage, they are something of a modern-day traveling circus.
Several of this year’s finest sailboats, powerboats, kayaks and daysailors, will debut at the SailQuest Boat Show at Milford Lisman Landing Marina in Milford, CT, from May 17-19. 
Until recently, when melting ice began opening up the Northwest Passage to more sailors, it was largely considered the “Arctic Grail” of high-latitude cruising.
At 74 years old, Sven Yrvind wants to save the world. When I ask him how he plans to do it, his answer is simple: circumnavigate in a ten-foot sailboat. If—or rather, according to Sven, when—he accomplishes this, he will have skippered the smallest boat to circle the world.
On Saturday, February 18, Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and eight crewmembers aboard the VOR70 Maserati celebrated a record-smashing victory after sailing from New York to San Francisco in just 47 days, 42 minutes and 29 seconds.
In 1993, it took a fully crewed maxi catamaran, Explorer, to break the 80-day barrier for a circumnavigation under sail. Since then, that record has not only been cut nearly in half, it has now been matched by a solo sailor.
Vendée Globe skipper Jean-Pierre Dick’s hope of placing third was crushed Monday when his boat, Virbac-Paprec 3, suddenly lost its entire 4-ton keel just before midnight.
On Jan. 14, 2013, Johnny Heineken and Jennifer French were named US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
French sailors Francois Gabart aboard Macif and Armel Cléac´h aboard Banque Populaire are battling it out in an upwind struggle through the Atlantic Ocean to the finish line. Only 59.2nm behind Gabart, Cléac´h is keeping west in hopes of catching a favorable wind shift.
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