Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City yesterday after a two-week sail across the Atlantic aboard the racing yacht Malizia II.

As at Plymouth two weeks ago when Malizia II departed, electric powered tenders were on hand to help with docking and media duties, in order that the entire voyage could be dubbed ‘zero-emission’.

The Malizia II was also accompanied through the harbour by a small fleet of boats with sails representing the United Nations sustainability goals, and well-wishers on land and water, welcoming Greta to the United States.

Thunberg (above) responded to the welcome via Twitter and a press conference, saying: “Thank you everyone who came to see me off in Plymouth, and everyone who welcomed me in New York! Now I’m going to rest for a few days, and on Friday I’m going to participate in the strike outside the UN.” The action is timed to coincide with a UN climate conference.

“We are honoured to help Greta with her mission and to play a part in calling attention to the threat posed by global warming and the need to develop alternative non-carbon mobility solutions,” said Boris Herrmann, skipper of Team Malizia.

The team faced the typical challenges of a transatlantic voyage; including periods of heavy weather and the calms of the Sargasso Sea, but escaped many of the perils that could come from crossing against the prevailing winds during the Atlantic hurricane season.

The electric support fleet was laid on by Torqeedo, one of the most significant players in the electrification of leisure boats.

“We’re supporting Team Malizia as the voyage sends an important message that, wherever you go, there is always a low-carbon option,” said Dr. Christoph Ballin, CEO and co-founder of Torqeedo, which again provided electric boats. They included two tenders powered by 50 kW outboards and an inflatable harbour support vessel, to assist with manoeuvring through New York Harbour’s busy shipping channels and docking in lower Manhattan’s North Cove Marina.

This Article was originally sourced from Sailing Today and can be directly viewed here.