Take a swim to raise funds and awareness for a very important body of water to Rhodies near and far: Narragansett Bay. Founded in 1977, Save The Bay Swim is Save The Bay‘s largest annual fundraiser, attracting nearly 500 swimmers, and more than 1,500 spectators, vendors and supporters, “serving as a critical support to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region”.
Typically in the beginning of July, swimmers swim 1.7 nautical miles across Narragansett Bay, beginning in Newport and ending in Jamestown. But you can’t just sign up to participate–you must meet certain qualifications in order to swim including being in good physical condition, having a written documentation on official stationery that you have completed another long-distance, open-water swim in the past three years or less (for 18 and over), and having a kayaker to accompany you during the course (for 15-17 year olds only). Additionally, you must pledge to raise a minimum of $400 in order to qualify. But you’ve got this, right?
Save The Bay is a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, with a mission “to protect and improve Narragansett Bay”. Their vision? A swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay accessible to everyone; a thriving and resilient Bay recognized globally as an environmental treasure; and communities that are engaged and informed on matters affecting the Bay.
For more information about Swim To Save The Bay, or to register to fund-raise and swim in support of Save The Bay’s efforts, please visit www.SaveBay.org.