Rower sets off from Africa on third solo attempt


Victor Mooney named his boat Never Give Up for good reason.

The determined New York City rower is now in the middle of his third attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo, after failing twice before. It's his last try, he promised his family.

"That was the deal with my wife," Mooney, 45, told the Associated Press. "She said, 'Victor, this is it. Write it down. This is a family contract.' "

Mooney, on leave from his job as a publicist at Brooklyn's ASA Institute, pushed off in his 21-foot rowboat from the Cape Verde islands, off Africa, around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, bound for the East River.

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