Greta Thunberg to arrive in NYC late after yacht hits bad weather

Teen climate activist set sail Aug. 14

By Jack Guy, CNN
Copyright 2019 CNN

Greta Thunberg set off from Plymouth, UK on board the Malizia II yacht on Aug. 14.

(CNN) - Climate activist Greta Thunberg is set to arrive later than planned in New York after the yacht taking her across the Atlantic got held up by adverse conditions.

On Sunday, Thunberg had said on Twitter that the vessel, the Malizia II, was due to dock in the city on Tuesday.

But in an update late on Monday, she said that weather would delay its arrival.

"Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia," wrote Thunberg in a tweet.

"But conditions closer to New York will be slower than predicted and weather update suggests Wednesday arrival - an updated ETA will come as we near the coast."

Thunberg is on her way to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, and is traveling on a zero-emissions sailboat to reduce the environmental impact of her journey, according to a statement from her team.

The Swedish 16-year-old has become the figurehead of a burgeoning movement of youth climate activists after her weekly protests inspired student strikes in more than 100 cities worldwide. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on world leaders to present concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming summit.

"The estimated arrival time is tomorrow Wednesday or on Thursday, it still depends on the wind a bit," a member of her team told AFP on Tuesday.

Thunberg set off from Plymouth, UK on board the Malizia II yacht on Aug. 14.

The boat is captained by Boris Herrmann, a professional race skipper, and Pierre Casiraghi, founder of the Malizia team.

The Malizia II will allow her to make a zero-emissions journey thanks to solar panels and underwater turbines that generate electricity.

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