HIV/ AIDS Campaigner Completes Circumvention of Long Island by Rowboat

Having the boat in the water was a huge advantage - Victor Mooney

Victor Mooney of Queens and his twenty-four foot Brazilian made ocean rowboat "the Spirit of Malabo" completes circumvention of Long Island in preparation for his fourth bid to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Mr. Mooney arrived last night at the Gateway Marina. The rower began his on water training in August from SUNY Maritime College. The final leg of Mr. Mooney's sea trials had him departing from Jackson's Marina in Hampton Bays last Tuesday.

"Having the boat in the water was a huge advantage. The Spirit of Malabo and I have become closer due to this training", Mr. Mooney said.

Later this year, Mr. Mooney will depart from Las Palmas, Canary Islands and row five-thousand miles back to New York with a resupply in the British Virgin Islands. The rower has lost one brother to AIDS and has another battling the disease. Mr. Mooney hopes his row will encourage HIV testing.

Mr. Mooney is now preparing to ship the Spirit of Malabo to the Canary Islands via Maersk Line. For more, visit

Goree Challenge is a project of the New York City based South African Arts International (SAAI). SAAI has received a generous support from The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, an unprecedented amount of in-kind and moral support from over seventy corporations, governments and global health institutions

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. H.E., President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has championed the fight against AIDS through preventive education, condom distribution and financing of antiretroviral medicine for afflicted populations. The Head of State also called for a shared responsibility in fighting the disease. For more, visit