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Torqeedo helps successful solar-powered canoe trip

After a long journey that started in 2012, the CalypSol crew reached Baton Rouge, La., completing 1,100 miles to successfully become the first solar-powered canoe voyage down the Mississippi.

This was the third and longest segment of the trip, which took Raymond Christe and Jean-Claude Barras from Memphis, Tenn., to Baton Rouge.

A Torqeedo Travel 503 electric outboard helped to power their long-distance expedition.

For the last leg, they launched their craft at Mud Island Marina in Memphis on May 26. On the third day, torrential rains forced the determined navigators to weather the storms ashore in Helena, Ark.They resumed their trip on May 31.

"We're proud to be a supporter of this great voyage and glad our motor contributed to their success," Torqeedo president Steve Trkla said in a statement. "Their green vessel is extremely compatible with our green electric motors. The completion of this journey not only showcases the endurance of the travelers, but the Torqeedo outboard as well."

A reception took place at the Swiss Consulate in New Orleans celebrating the 1,100 nautical miles traveled from Chicago to Baton Rouge on the first solar-powered trimaran canoe. The crew returned safely June 15 with CalypSol to Crystal Lake, Ill.

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