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Proposed site for the transatlantic rower's plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park shoreline.

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Proposed site for the transatlantic rower's plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park shoreline.

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Proposed site for the transatlantic rower's plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park shoreline.

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Victor Mooney arriving at Brooklyn Bridge Park shoreline.

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Immediately after arriving at Brooklyn Bridge Park shoreline, a waiting ambulance takes Victor Mooney to the hospital.

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Brooklyn, New York – Victor Mooney announced that on September 18, the Spirit of Malabo will be presented to the United Nations as a global symbol for the fight against AIDS. Over the course of ten years and three failed transatlantic rowing attempts, heads of state, global health institutions, civil society, corporations, clergy, governments, individuals and maritime communities have helped sustain this project.

On Mooney’s landfall in Sint Maarten, emergency repairs were carried out on Spirit of Malabo by Custom Fit Marine, with the support of Island Water World, after the vessel was damaged by a white tip shark. Later, further repairs were carried out on Spirit of Malabo by RMK Merrill Stevens in Miami, after Mooney was reportedly attacked by pirates in Haitian waters. More emergency repairs were carried out by Everett Marine in Columbia, North Carolina, before Mooney fulfilled his dream and completed his arduous voyage.

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Victor Mooney officially released the Spirit of Malabo to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on September 22, 2016. Mr. Mooney was given an audience by H.E. Tito Mba Ada, Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Portugal, who was attending UNGA meetings in New York City.

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Toyota USA joined the Goree Challenge as the Spirit of Malabo toured New York City for the last time. Uhaul also was another crucial partner in this undertaking. The Spirit of Malabo made stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


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Support to give some vitality to the Spirit of Malabo for UNgift4HIV was made possible by Metropolitan Lumber and Hardware, Lowes, Sailbag Lady, Mas Epoxies, Interlux Yacht Paint, West Marine, Sea Hawk Paint, Synlawn New York, Masterworks Plaques, ASA Electronics, EZ Loader Boat Trailer, Uhaul, Toyota, Chivas Enterprises, Fliescher Tubes, New Creative Signs

5,000 mile row to fight against HIV/AIDS

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

After three failed attempts to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a ten year period, Victor Mooney
 completed his row on Monday, November 30, 2015. The journey took twenty-one months to complete.
 Mr. Mooney faced many challenges along the way, but he perservered against all odds.

#nevergiveup #whenwepray

Mr. Victor Mooney becomes the first African-American to row solo across any ocean and the first person to row from the coast of Africa to New York City. The United States Coast
Guard - Sector San Juan (Puerto Rico), Air Station Borinquen (Puerto Rico) and Training Center (Cape May) awarded Mr. Mooney a medallion after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

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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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Spirit of Malabo arrives at RMK Merrill-Stevens for repair

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Spirit of Malabo hit a submerged cypress stump in North Carolina,
which required US Coast Guard to rescued Victor Mooney. Boat
was dry docked and repaired at Everett Marine in Columbia.

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Almost home! Victor Mooney and Spirit of Malabo approach
 New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge under clear skies.

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NYFD - Marine Division, Harbor School and New Jersey State
Marine Police, escorted Victor Mooney to NYC Brooklyn Bridge.

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Supporters welcome Victor at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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On arrival, a waiting ambulance took Victor Mooney to New York
Methodist Hosptial for dyhydration and pneumonia symptoms. 

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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


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Rower lands in Brooklyn after crossing Atlantic Ocean for HIV/AIDS awareness

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Victor Mooney completes remarkable feat, rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean for AIDS awareness

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Estadounidense que cruza a remo el Atlántico finalizará aventura este lunes

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AIDS activist arrives in NYC after rowing across Atlantic

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Aventurero que cruzó a remo el Atlántico completa su recorrido en Nueva York

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New York Man Rows Across The Atlantic For AIDS Awareness

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NYC Man Completes Atlantic Paddle for AIDS Awareness

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Man rows across Atlantic Ocean

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Activista contra el Sida cruza remando el Atlántico

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Man rowing across the Atlantic in last leg of his journey

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AIDS Activist Rowing From Africa to New York Takes Rest at LBI

Man Rows 5,000 Miles Across Atlantic Ocean To Raise Awareness For HIV, AIDS Research

The fallen tree: Man rows across Atlantic, gets stuck in Assawoman Canal

Rower who crossed Atlantic Ocean to stop in AC today

It’s no ocean liner, but she’ll do

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


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

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 

RUMBA Sails with 'Spirit of Malabo' Onboard

Cargo Ship Carried Humanitarian Row Boat To US

Queens Man Rows Across Ocean For AIDS Awareness

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

‘Peace Tube’ to cross ocean in rowboat

A devout Catholic African American hopes to row 3,400 trans-Atlantic miles to raise AIDS — and Holocaust — awareness

Click here to get 24/7 GPS positions


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For Management


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


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  The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of
  Lesotho to the United Nations in New York

Billybey Ferry Inc.
   New York City

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Jenifer Clark's Gulfstream

Chivvis Enterprises, Inc.

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Wantagh, New York

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Freeport, New York

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Sint Maarten/ St. Martin


Custom Fit Marine

"We custom fit our service to
your every need and dream"

1+ 721 587 4546
St. Martin/ Sint Maarten


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Mobile Marine
Puerto Rico 


Club Nautico de Arecibo
Puerto Rico

Gobernador Civil Provincia de Samana

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Club Nautico de Monti Cristi

Marina Del Mar Inn

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City of Monte Cristi


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Alligator River Marina
Columbia, North Carolina

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Ocean City, Maryland

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Droney Marine

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Utsch's Marina 
 Cape May, New Jersey

Townsends Inlet Yacht Club
Sea Isle City, New Jersey

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David Beaton & Sons  
(Beatons Boat Yard) 
72 Beaton Rd, Brick, NJ 08723

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The Goree Challenge 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.