This is the boat where climate activist Greta
Thunberg will be cooped up for at least two weeks.
On Tuesday she went to familiarize herself with the vessel.
Her dilemma had been how to get to New York without increasing her carbon foot print.
This yacht , she hopes, is the answer. Last week she admitted the journey would not be
easy. “Yeah, I have not sailed before, but I am
going to go there now to try to sort of get basic lessons in what to do and what not to
do. . Before setting sail skipper Boris Hermann
briefed Thunberg and her father – who will accompany her – on possible problems- including
the weather. “This trip will be massively challenging for
Greta and for all of us and I hope we will be able to find a route through the weather
that is not too rough. So, we can make our route a bit longer to sail around strong winds.
That’s not always possible. So, we have discussed this, she’s trying to mentally prepare for
that .” The weather will not be the only challenge.
The 80 ft yacht is designed for speed rather than luxury so the amenities
such as the sleeping quarters – are basic at best. And there is no toilet or shower.But
the vessel is fitted with solar panels .. and the electricity on board is produced by underwater
turbines. This means Thunberg is likely to achieve her goal of making the long journey
across the Atlantic with zero carbon emmissions.