The Goree Challenge was a 5,000 mile row to fight against HIV/AIDS
and to memorialize African ancestors that died during the transatlantic slave trade and those that endured a life of servitude
on the plantations in the Americas and Caribbean.
After three failed attempts to row across the Atlantic Ocean in
a ten year period, Victor Mooney completed his row on Monday, November 28, 2015. The journey took twenty-one months to complete.
Mr. Mooney faced many challenges along the way, but he perservered against
all odds. Mr. Mooney departed from Maspalomas, Gran Canaria (off the coast of Africa) and landed at New York's Brooklyn
He became the first African-American to row across
the Atlantic Ocean and the first human to row solo from Africa to New York. Mr. Mooney now enjoys Equatorial Guinea nationality.
Victor Mooney arriving at Brooklyn Bridge
Immediately after arriving at Brooklyn Bridge
Park shoreline, a waiting ambulance takes Victor Mooney to the hospital.