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For Chris Robinson

The dacron of this sail passed over my hands as we raised the jib on the new Rainbow Warrior today, and I had the overwhelming feeling I was touching the soul of a living ship.


And I thought about Chris Robinson, fearless seafaring activist captain who outmaneuvered nuclear submarines and crossed the oceans in a tiny boat for Greenpeace and many a good cause before he departed from the shores of this world.


He was long an advocate of sail for all our ships. He was there with us today in spirit -- a quiet gentle presence who would have been proud to stand on the deck of this testament to the power of a good idea.


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Taken on October 17, 2011