As cruising sailors we have indeed set ourselves aside from our fellow man and lived for a time in the watery wilderness. I would like to think that we are of the proper sort. I believe that in these times of a troubled economy, with people visibly shaken by diminished wealth and future uncertainty, the message we return with is particularly worth listening to and thinking about. For, more than most, buffeted by the fickle forces of nature, we have seen the darkness and the dawn. We have learned to live with incessant uncertainty, letting each day take care of itself. We have learned that to live simply is still to live well. We have learned to simplify our joys without diminishing them: a green flash at sunset, a bird skimming storm-tossed waters, the feeling of a building breeze on our skin. Most importantly, we have learned to value each other, for we are all in the same boat, literally and figuratively. We are part of a team, a team we call the crew.