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Mylène Paquette

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Atlantic rower

Expertise: Adventure, Water, Environment

By Sabrina Doyle

“I won’t beg you to leave me alone; it was me who asked for it.” So begins the letter that Mylène Paquette wrote to the sea on Nov. 11, 2013, the day before she touched France’s shore and became the first North American woman to row solo across the North Atlantic from west-to-east, a route considered more difficult than its reverse. She endured four months of solitary travel, not to mention the ravages of Hurricane Humberto halfway through her journey. Paquette, who is also the ambassador of the St. Lawrence River for the David Suzuki Foundation, hopes this and her other rowing expeditions serve as a bridge between the public and environmental activism.


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