2017-03-16 / News

Registration open for swim across bay


Hundreds of swimmers and kayakers traversed the East Passage during last summer’s 40th anniversary Save The Bay race. 
SAVE THE BAY Hundreds of swimmers and kayakers traversed the East Passage during last summer’s 40th anniversary Save The Bay race. SAVE THE BAY Swimmers who want to compete in the Save The Bay race across the East Passage should channel the speed of Michael Phelps before it sells out.

The agency is accepting registrations for the 41st annual swim from the Naval War College to Potter’s Cove. The iconic 1.7-mile swim, which attracts nearly 500 swimmers along with dozens of kayakers, is scheduled for July 29.

As one of the most storied open-water swims in the United States, the race celebrates the tremendous progress in cleaning Narragansett Bay. In the early years, swimmers often emerged from the water with oil and tar balls on their skin. In recent years, they have reported schools of menhaden swimming beneath them.

With a fundraising goal of $350,000, the swim is Save The Bay’s largest fundraiser, providing critical support toward the agency’s mission to protect Narragansett Bay and its watershed.

Founded in 1970, the agency envisions a fully swimmable, fishable and healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to all Rhode Islanders and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

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