The racing boat Malizia II with Pierre Casiraghi, founder of Team Malizia and sailor Boris Hermann, arrived yesterday (28th August) in the bay of New York, with Greta Thunberg aboard. The crew then sailed up the Hudson River after 14 days in the Atlantic. They had to face complex weather conditions, no less than six depressions, winds up to 30 knots, several cold fronts and rough seas through the Gulf Stream. The Malizia II racing sail boat’s average speed was measured up to 11.2 knots for the 3,711 nautical mile trip which was completed in 13 days and 18 hours precisely. They departed from Plymouth via the Lizard on the Cornish coast to the Ambrose lighthouse.
When arriving in New-York, Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco declared being “full of praise for Greta’s courage and determination; her attitude on board Malizia II was exemplary despite the extreme living conditions. I would like to thank everyone in the Malizia team and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. It was a very emotional moment sailing past the Statue of Liberty, and I thank everyone for all the support we received during this amazing adventure crossing the Atlantic,”.
German Skipper Boris Herrmann added: “We are proud to have had the opportunity to bring Greta across the Atlantic emission-free and safely. Her mission to highlight the climate change crisis is very much in line with the Malizia Ocean Challenge where we work with scientists and are actively involved with educating young people. The mood was very good on board all the time and nobody felt really seasick. Greta as a non-sailor before this trip kept up very well in all conditions and I would say she’s quite an offshore sailor now. We had some very constructive and interesting discussions, all five crew together, often about the oceans and their role as a CO2 sink, as well as on other topics about nature and the climate. I wish Greta all the best for her actions, strikes and speeches in America. We will go back to our racing programme to prepare for the Transat Jacques Vabre later this year and the main goal, the Vendee Globe in 2020,".
Greta Thunberg made the trip across the Atlantic to attend a United Nations climate summit taking place in the Big Apple at the beginning of September. She has become famous for inciting students across the globe to strike for climate. Indeed, she started skipping school to protest against leaders’ inaction to climate change. Since then, thousands of young people have joined in on the movement. The leading figure among young activists was invited to deliver a speech at the UN Summit, and will take part in a strike next Friday. Later this year, she has a another journey ahead of her, as she will be travelling to Santiago, Chile by bus, train, and boat for another United Nations climate conference in December.
Her return back across the Atlantic is still unplanned.
- Alexa Bouhelier-Ruelle