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 Bridge.

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 Park shoreline.

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

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

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

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 

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

Publicist: GC Media, Lisa Samuels,