5,000 mile row to fight against HIV/AIDS

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria (off the coast of Africa) to New York's Brooklyn Bridge

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World AIDS Day 2004 - Vatican (Psalms 91)

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Half-way across Atlantic Ocean

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Arrival in St. Martin, FWI (80 lbs. less)

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Boat repairs from oceanic white tip shark attack

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Stopover in Puerto Rico

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After robbery off the coast of Haiti


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Goree Challenge I (2006) Homemade boat sinks shortly after start near Senegal

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Goree Challenge II (2009) Water system fails, mission aborted

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Goree Challenge III (2011) Boat takes on water, 14 days on life raft

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Goree Challenge IV (2014) Successfully rowed across Atlantic Ocean

Never Give Up * Pa Bay Le Gan * Nunca Te Rindas * Nunca Desista * N'abandonnez Jamais * 永不放棄 


The Spirit of Malabo presented by
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea
and supported by
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Head of State

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Masapalamos, Gran Canaria
Canary Islands

St. Martin
French Caribbean

Sint Maarten
Dutch Caribbean

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Farjardo, San Juan, Arecibo y Aguadilla
Puerto Rico

Samana, Puerta Plata y Monte Cristi
Dominican Republic

Tortuga Island


Man rowing across Atlantic in last leg of journey.

West Africa-New York City Paddle Adventure Features Pirates, Sharks; Mission Aimed At Raising HIV/AIDS Awareness

Man on cross-continental rowing mission stops in Norfolk

Man who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean stops in Norfolk before journey's final stretch

WATCH: Man Endures Shark Attack and Pirate Raid Rowing From Africa to NY for HIV Awareness

Man crossing Atlantic in rowboat stops in EC

Rower Who Crossed Atlantic Rescued off North Carolina

Rower who crossed Atlantic for AIDS awareness rescued off North Carolina during East Coast leg

New mishap of the Spirit of Malabo in North Carolina


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After successful rowboat crossing of Atlantic, voyager is headed home

Ocean trek to support HIV testing

Rower docks in Charleston after journey across the Atlantic to raise HIV/AIDS awareness

African Leader Keeps US Rower On Course

Man who crossed the Atlantic in a row boat harbors for a night of rest on Jekyll Island

New York man crosses Atlantic in rowboat on 4th attempt to raise AIDS awareness, encourage research

New Yorker rowing across Atlantic stops in New Smyrna

Trans-Atlantic rower heads through Brevard

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RMK Merrill-Stevens almost done with Spirit of Malabo

Native rower pit stops in Big Cypress

US Rower Leaves Seminole Tribe Reservation, Continues Epic Transatlantic Journey

American rower eyes finish after transatlantic odyssey

Victor Mooney is ready to complete his Atlantic crossing

Estadounidense busca culminar travesía por Atlántico contra el sida

American rower eyes finish after transatlantic odyssey

Boat crossing Atlantic on mission for AIDS takes a detour in Miami after attack 

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Victor Mooney begins the last 1500 miles of AIDS awareness campaign in February

A remarkable journey for a cause

Victor Mooney Faith, Hope & A Strong Arm

Victor Mooney: The Mission Continues


US rower robbed of food, passport off the coast of Haiti

Hombre cruzó el océano Atlántico remando en una embarcación de 24 pies

US Man Rows Across Atlantic Ocean, Reaches Caribbean

Sunk, but undefeated, NYC man faces Atlantic again

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4 Million to get Antiretrovirals

 4 Million males circumcised

 4 Million Tested for HIV

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On Dec.1, 2004, Victor Mooney met Pope John Paul II. They were at the Vatican. It was World AIDS Day. And the Pope told him to row.
Associated Press

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Have your classroom take a seat on the Spirit of Malabo,a journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Expand the discussion on Math, Science and History.

Goree Challenge IV - The Spirit of Malabo is a project for the South African Arts International (SAAI). SAAI is a New York State registered not-for-profit organization. The Mission of SAAI is to promote multimedia events in venues all over the world; to exhibit the works of artist, artisans, musicians, scholars and professionals; to facilitate worldwide cultural understanding; disseminate and exchange international art and culture; to provide scholarships, sponsor cultural events and artistic seminars; to increase awareness of global pandemic of HIV/AIDS; and to finance these activities through soliciting contributions and funding from both private and public resources.
Contact us: South African Arts International PO Box 670605 Flushing, New York 11367 USA

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World AIDS Day 2014 - 'Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation'

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The Spirit of Malabo will be donated to the United Nations during the opening of the General Assembly in September 2015

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  The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of
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Freeport, New York

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Beisbol Contra El Sida/ Beisbol Fights AIDS