Team Malizia, skippered by Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann have the great honour and pleasure to sail Greta Thunberg from the UK to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit on Malizia II. The journey will start in mid-August. Greta chose to sail with Team Malizia as they offered a zero-carbon mode of transport to reach the USA.
Pierre Casiraghi, founder of the team and co-skipper for the transatlantic crossing states “I believe in bringing awareness about rising global emissions and pollution due to human activity. Convincing governments and international institutions to make the step and enforce laws that will protect mankind and biodiversity is of the utmost importance for the future of humanity. Greta is an ambassador who delivers a fundamental message both for our society and for the survival of future generations. Team Malizia and I are proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport, unfortunately today this is still the only way with out fossil fuel emissions. Hopefully this will change in the near future. I respect Greta’s courage to take on this adventure and fully commit, sacrifice and fight for probably the greatest challenge of humanity.’
Skipper and professional sailor Boris Herrmann adds “Greta is an amazingly courageous person to be standing up against ignorance and injustice regarding the climate crisis. I am not surprised she considers this trip as something perfectly achievable for her – taking into account her courage in speaking up in a loud and clear way even in front of the most powerful people.”
Fans and supporters should not be worried, Malizia is one of the safest and fastest ocean sailings boats in the world and the skippers are highly experienced and we have highly experienced onshore teams supporting our mission. Boris confirms “Pierre and I are conscious about our responsibility. We will make sure Greta reaches New York in the safest possible way. I am thrilled that our sport ambition and sailing project can play a small but hopefully important role in increasing awareness for the most important challenge facing humanity today. I feel humbled that Greta accepted our offer as the lowest-carbon option to cross the Atlantic – despite the lack of comfort for her.”
You will be able to track the journey from our website and Greta and the team will be posting regular updates on social media channels – @gretathunberg