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Plain sailing for teen activist Greta Thunberg four days into Atlantic crossing

Greta hopes to arrive in New York on the Malizia II by September 21
Greta hopes to arrive in New York on the Malizia II by September 21

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was doing well, four days into her bid to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered yacht – after a choppy start to the trip.

In an update posted to Twitter yesterday, the 16-year-old Swede said she was eating and sleeping well and had no sea sickness so far.

“Life on Malizia II is like camping on a roller coaster,” she wrote.

Greta is hoping to cross to the US in time to appear at two crucial global gatherings, the Climate Action Summit in New York from September 21-23 and the UN climate conference in Santiago in early December.

She refused to travel by plane to the US because of the environmental impact of flying.

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The Malizia II

Boris Herrmann, the experienced captain who is skippering the Malizia II, which is carrying a crew of four including Thunberg’s father, Svante, tweeted: “When you have no wind and you’re drifting around…ahh the contrast to yesterday.

“It gives some time to slow the boat to have a wash and play some games, which Greta keeps winning!”

The £4m yacht is powered by solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity for lighting and communication, although internet access is patchy.

There are no bathroom facilities on board so the crew must make do with blue plastic buckets.

Herrmann said the journey – which started in Plymouth – would show how it was possible to cope without fossil fuels.

He said: “This can be positive and exciting.

“Solidarity with Greta is not limited to eco-activists.”