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by Guest Blogger

October 12, 2005

The Coast Guard was true to their word and let us drop anchor a mile off shore at 11.45 a.m. Monday morning. We were foolish enough to think that we would be able to start bringing people off the Arctic Sunrise at that time. Instead, half a dozen officers boarded the ship, searched it and interrogated members of the crew. They weren’t finished with us until 1.00 pm., so more people missed their flights. A few of us were able to reschedule for later in the day, and the rest flew out on Tuesday morning. The ship is still anchored, and the crew is trying to complete a million errands in preparation for the month long transit to Cape Town, which won’t begin until Wednesday or Thursday.

I refuse to let a tropical storm or a government agency on a power trip ruin what otherwise was an incredible experience. We had a lot of great times onboard, and even when things got bad, that’s when we laughed the most.

I learned how to drive a rigid inflatable boat, I spent a wonderful weekend in New York City and I got to experience a protest as a “protestee” rather than an activist. Over the last month, I was fortunate enough to get to know an unforgettable crew and it was a pleasure to work with all of them. I’d also like to give a shout out to the people in the office who have been providing support for this project on land. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you.

I’m really proud of the work we did during this tour. The open boats, press conference and projections in Cape Cod generated a lot of support for the proposed offshore wind farm. We’re all confident that it will become a reality as early as next year. Combined with the groundbreaking research conducted in Greenland and Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larson’s polar expedition, Project Thin Ice 2005 has truly made a difference in the fight to stop global warning. Even though this project has come to an end, climate change work will continue.

A lot of the crew asked me if I would want to do another ship tour in the future. My answer is “absolutely”. I just hope I’m lucky enough to get the chance again.

– Maureen

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