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Thu Nov 14, 2019, 09:12 PM

Greta Thunberg Is Sailing To Madrid With A Family Of YouTubers

Source: The Verge

They embarked on a four-week journey to reach the UN Climate Change Conference in December. Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg set sail for Madrid, Spain, from Hampton, Virginia, on November 13th. She’s making the journey across the frigid Atlantic Ocean with a family of popular YouTube creators. Their voyage can be tracked in real time *online.

Her carefully thought-out travel plans were upended last month, along with thousands of others who expected to make their way to Santiago, Chile. Amid the unrest there, Chilean officials backed out of hosting the climate conference. “It turns out I’ve traveled half around the world, the wrong way,” Thunberg tweeted after it was announced last week that Spain would be the new host of the climate conference. “Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November... If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful.”

Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu answered her call. The Australians have spent the last five years aboard their home, a catamaran named La Vagabonde. They document their adventures with baby “stowaway” Lenny on board on YouTube and have 1.18 million subscribers.

The vessel is equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and hydro-generators to power their low-carbon journey. With up to a four-week voyage ahead, they’ll be cutting it close to get Thunberg to Madrid to catch the event before it closes on December 13th...



Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/14/20964670/greta-thunberg-boat-madrid-youtube-family





https://www.npr.org/2019/11/13/778862907/greta-thunberg-sets-sail-for-home-and-the-u-n-climate-conference

-- Greta in Hampton, Va. on Wednesday boarding La Vagabonde, the 48' catamarand sailboat headed for Europe.

~ Thinking of you Greta, thanks for your inspiring visit to America and safe travels!



- Greta 2 nights ago on 'La Vagabonde' with crew, Capt. Riley Whitlum, Nikki Henderson, Elayna Carausu & baby Lennon.

TRACK La Vagabonde in real time: https://sailing-lavagabonde.com/



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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 14, 2019, 11:18 PM

1. Sailing is one of the great inventions of all humankind.

Sailing, kayaking, and walking is how we humans exist all across the planet.

Horses are another way for humans to travel. I have a few nieces who are remarkably skilled with horses.

Bicycles with inflatable rubber tires were another magnificent human invention, but came much later.

I'm also a huge fan of electric railroads, from street trolleys to high speed rail.

I think fossil fueled automobiles and airliners were a huge mistake that humanity will come to deeply regret.

Looking at the real time computerized weather maps (yet another magnificent human invention) it seems La Vagabonde are in for a bit of adventure on their journey to Spain.

Adventure is good. I pity anyone who has lived a life without adventure.

Riley Whitlum and Nikki Henderson are well seasoned sailors by now... however naive they were when they started.

Go Greta!

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Response to hunter (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 05:36 PM

13. Good post on transport & more. These young intrepid travelers are great.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 12:25 AM

2. Uh, excuse me, Madrid is a landlocked city.

And the people at The Verge obviously flunked in geography.

Greta and the boat's crew are probably sailing to some Spanish port in the Mediterranean (TBD), then she'll probably use some kind of public transportation to get to Madrid.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 12:33 AM

3. Barcelona probably

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 07:59 AM

5. Yeah, the capt., Riley said they would aim for France, Portugal

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or Spain. He's been sailing for years and years in the Med., Carib., Atlantic and Pacific and knows the ports to enter.

The Verge is a tech magazine. This was the only article on Greta's voyage back to Europe I saw which had been *written in the last 12 hours--the requirement to post in LBN, the Latest Breaking News forum on DU. That's one of the reason's I selected the article, several others were 'too old' to post.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 08:54 AM

6. I was just going to say

that. Madrid is right in the middle of Spain, no water that I can see unless they are planning to sail on rivers like El Tajo o Guadiano that are close to Madrid

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Response to itcfish (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 09:42 AM

7. What title would you have used for the article? 65 characters or less

#5

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 10:18 AM

8. Just replace the word "sailing" with "traveling"

The hows and wheres can then be made in the meat of the story. . .ie. sailing across the Atlantic, then land transport to Madrid.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 01:21 PM

9. (Also) Greta Thunberg Departs US With You Tube Family Headed For Madrid

Most people following this story know Greta doesn't fly and that she came across the Atlantic by sailing ship the first time.

I've never been to Spain but have crossed the English Channel in a ferry boat, visited Bordeaux, Nice and Cannes on the Mediterranean and lived on a boat in the Bahamas briefly. I love boats, the Caribbean and the water. These young people are terrific!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 07:54 AM

4. Riley & Elayna talk about an alternative lifestyle on a boat. Great!



More videos & track the current trip location HERE, https://sailing-lavagabonde.com/

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 04:45 PM

10. "Greta Thunberg Sparks Surge In Sailboat Hitchhiking," The Guardian, Nov. 15

Since climate campaigner’s transatlantic adventures, more people are looking to travel by sail
Hitching a ride on a sailing boat across the Atlantic might sound like a far-fetched endeavour reserved for the famous and well-connected. But Greta Thunberg has now managed it twice in three months – and her antics appear to be inspiring a growing, if nascent, movement in sail-hitching.

Maritime hitchhiking has hitherto been reserved for sailors looking for experience on different routes and vessels.

But after Thunberg’s transatlantic adventures, numbers have boomed. Daniel Krause, a full-time “cruiser”, helps to run the Sailboat Hitchhikers and Crew Connection Facebook group, which has sharply increased to nearly 21,000 members since Thunberg’s voyage. “In the past couple of weeks it has skyrocketed,” he said.

People use the site to find crew members for their boat, or to find a vessel to hitchhike on. “It’s mutually beneficial,” says Krause. “You get a mostly free ride and the owner gets someone who can do nightshifts or who can help out with docking, anchoring and boat manoeuvres.” In most instances, hitchhikers just pay for transport to and from the boat, any visas they might need, and contribute to boat running costs like food.

However, Krause has found many of the group newbies don’t have previous sailing experience. “Many people don’t understand about the movement of a boat on the ocean which can overwhelm people with seasickness and make them feel trapped because it’s a very small space and you could be out there for days if not weeks - and once you’re out, it’s almost always too late to turn back,” he says....
Read more, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/15/greta-thunberg-sparks-surge-in-sailboat-hitchhiking

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 04:59 PM

11. Kinda dangerous........

I prefer a boat or a ship to a bunch of tubes.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 05:16 PM

12. 'I prefer our family yacht,' the 109' lol. 'A bunch of tubes'? yeah, go with that

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