Mylène Paquette – A Very Brave Woman

After 129 days at sea in her seven-metre rowboat Hermel, at 11:09 a.m. local time on 12 November, Mylène Paquette arrived to her destination Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, Lorient, in France. Hermel had then carried her almost 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometres) across the Atlantic from Halifax, Canada, to the French northwest coast. Mylène, from Montreal, is the first North American woman to solo row across the Atlantic.

Hélène Rémond wrote about this brave woman, who, believe it or not, has aquaphobia (fear of water), on 2 October on HTBS. During her four-month voyage on the Atlantic Ocean, her boat capsized several times and she saw enormous waves crashing over her boat while she locked herself in the small cabin of the boat. At one point she spent almost six days strapped to her bed, she told an interviewer for the blog C.G. Compass. After living in these cramped conditions, Mylène had problems walking on land when she reached France.

Read the whole article in C.G. Compass here.

Here is a short video clip (in French) when Mylène arrived at Lorient:

Thanks to Hélène who pointed us in the direction of the C.G. Compass blog.


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