I would like to thank all of my friends who have been supporting me to make this dream come true. Without them I would not have been able to do this.

Special thanks to my sail/ racing friends Marty Hastings (may he rest in peace), Leon Rondenet and Roy Meister. Marty, Lee, and Roy have been helping me more than anybody else. We have accomplished many projects together. The biggest repair was the replacement of the four stringers. This project took between 3-6 winter months to accomplish. These gentlemen worked on the boat even when I was out of town for weeks at a time. They have donated all kinds of boat supplies, from an outboard engine to a spare anchor. I am always reminded of their support.

I would especially like to thank my friend Kaveh Navaian, for the financial support during the purchase of Earthling.  Also, many thanks to my other friends for financial and physical help:  Robert Eisenberg, Marko Lugaric, Nasser Jabbar, Dee shope, Ali Golzad, Perry James Tulk, Nick and Natalie Zarzour, Alex, Bill Van Berschot, David Oshinski, Marcin Ski, Kelly B. Dalton, Hamid Kootval, Antonio and Ellen Sanpere and all the other friends.