After 130 days at sea, a Canadian rower has become the first North American woman to complete a solo journey across the North Atlantic Ocean, arriving in France Tuesday morning (Nov. 12).
In just over four months, Mylène Paquette, from Montreal, Quebec, rowed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, to Lorient, France, along the country's northwestern tip. Paquette crossed into French waters at approximately 11:09 a.m. local time (5:09 a.m. EST) on Tuesday, reported CBC News.
"I'm feeling weak, really weak … but I'm so excited and I guess that I'm proud," Paquette, 35, said as a tugboat pulled her specially designed vessel to shore, according to CBC News.
But, it was not smooth sailing the entire way. In September, Paquette encountered the remnants of Hurricane Humberto, which churned for several days in the eastern Atlantic. Paquette capsized during the storm, but received assistance from the crew of the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, reported CBC News.