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American Rower Departs Titusville Marina After Transatlantic Odyssey

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Victor Mooney
An American oarsman,  Victor Mooney, 49  recently rowed across the Atlantic to raise awareness for HIV/AIDs.  While off the coast of Haiti in October he was attacked by pirates, robbed and his boat was destroyed.  The boat had a hole in it, missing components and ruined woodwork.
 
Fortunately after the boat was transferred to Miami it was repaired so he could resume the last leg of his journey.  While being repaired and in the true spirit of his quest, a sign hung above the boat which read, “Never Give UP”.  This is Mooney's fourth attempt to cross the Atlantic in eight years.
 
His goal is to arrive in New York in the next two weeks, to achieve his decade-long dream of rowing from the coast of Africa to New York.  Even after reaching his goal he has made it clear that he will continue to advocate until we have an AIDS-free generation
 
Mooney, whose brother died from AIDS in 1983 and who has another brother infected with HIV, said he hoped his efforts would increase understanding of the disease.
 
"I believe a cure is on the horizon for AIDS, but until we have a cure, education and testing is paramount to reach an AIDS-free generation," he said.  Victor arrived at the Titusville Municipal Marina on May 19, 2015.  In the attached picture was taken by Captain Ron Thorstad as Victor departing the marina on a beautiful morning on his journey north through the Indian River Lagoon.  More information can be found at: goreechallenge.com or www.victormooney.com



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