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Trans-Atlantic rower heads through Brevard

Victor Mooney raising awareness for AIDS research

A man is rowing a boat through Brevard on his way toward completing a long-held quest.
A man is rowing a boat through Brevard on his way toward completing a long-held quest. (Florida Today)

A dedicated man is rowing an unusual boat north through the Indian River Lagoon on his way to completing a long-held quest.

Victor Mooney shoved off Tuesday morning from Cocoa Village Marina, heading for Titusville Municipal Marina, a 19-mile trip that's just a fraction of his overall goal of rowing from the coast of Africa to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

The 49-year-old from Queens set off in early 2014 on his fourth attempt to cross the Atlantic. On May 4, he departed from Miami up the East Coast on his way to New York, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

His trip is intended to raise awareness and money for AIDS research and to encourage voluntary testing. Mooney's brother died of the disease in 1983.

Learn more about Mooney at goreechallenge.com.