Goree Challenge Story ~ Africa to New York by rowboat

NEW YORK (April 13, 2020) — A New Yorker who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean for AIDS awareness from Africa to Brooklyn, a 21-month journey, is writing his memoir to share his journey.


Don Victor Mooney row was in memory of his brother who died of AIDS in 1983. He said his goal is to spur people to get tested for HIV. After failing on three previous attempts to row solo across the Atlantic, Mooney set off from the Canary Islands off the coast of African on Feb. 19, 2014 and landed at the Brooklyn Bridge on November 28, 2015.


Mooney arrived at the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten in June 2014 and began making his way up the East Coast. He lost 80 pounds and encountered numerous setbacks during the journey. Mooney was robbed of his passport and food on an island off Haiti in November 2014; his passport was later recovered. ThatAugust, the Coast Guard rescued him off North Carolina after his boat hit a submerged cypress stump and began taking on water. The boat was repaired, and he continued on his way.


With the current pandemic of coronavirus raving havoc across the United States and globally, he is using this time to draft his story, with the hope it will encourage others to never give up.

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