|The Cousteau Society donated fragments from Calypso and Alcyone for the Double Helix, flagship of a Mississippi marathon to raise awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome.
The navigation console is crafted with woods from Calypso, echoing her brave spirit to venture into the unknown, and the white rose inlay, cut from a bit of Alcyone's Turbosails, reflects the hope of scientific advances. The compass ring is wood donated from the Amistad, standing for liberation
|For information about the Great Mississippi Race for Rett Syndrome, May 2001, and for links to information about Rett Syndrome, see the Dreamkeeper Web site: www.dreamkeeper.org.
|Clark Eid, whose daughter Amanda suffers from Rett Syndrome, originated the Great Mississippi River Race for Rett Syndrome May 2001. Dr. Eid built the Double Helix, which is adorned with two rose vines spiraling around the length of the 25-foot kayak.
The rose vines were fabricated from more than 2,000 pieces of 63 wood veneers in a technique known as marquetry. The design mirrors a segment of double-stranded DNA that codes for a peptide spelling out: A-M-A-N-D-A-S-D-R-E-A-M-K-E-E-P-E-R.