October 4, 2017
Friends of the Goree Challenge
We request your presence on October 12, 2017 at the Gateway Marina, 3260 Flatbush Avenue
in Brooklyn, New York for the Decommissioning & Sendoff ceremony for Spirit of Malabo at 11:00 am. After the ceremony,
the Northern Monument, a cargo vessel contracted by Maersk Shipping Line, will transport The Spirit of Malabo to The Museum
of Modern Art Equatorial Guinea for permanent exhibition.
Thank-you in advance in wishing the Spirit of Malabo
fair seas as she departs to her final port.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After three failed attempts and four boats in a ten year period, Victor
Mooney finally reached New York waters.
In 2006, his homemade boat last thirty minutes and Senegalese coast guard rescued
him. In 2009, his water systems failed and was rescued near Guinea-Bissau. In 2011, his boat took on water and survived 14
days drifting in the Atlantic Ocean from a life raft until he was rescued.
his fourth try, shark damaged his boat, lost 80lbs., and had no food for nearly sixty days, but he perservered against all
odds. Mr. Mooney departed from Maspalomas, Gran Canaria on February 19, 2014 and landed at New York's Brooklyn Bridge
on November 28, 2015.
He became the first African-American to row
across any ocean. Mr. Mooney also has Equatorial Guinea nationality and calls home Oyala, the country's new capital.
Victor Mooney arriving at Brooklyn
Bridge Park shoreline.
(Released Date: January 2019)