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For Immediate Release

February 27, 2014

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Registration for 38th Annual Citizens Bank Save The Bay Swim Opens March 3

Annual event returns to the historic Newport to Jamestown route

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Save The Bay announces that registration for the 38th Annual Citizens Bank Save The Bay Swim opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014.

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Save The Bay will welcome 500 swimmers and accompanying kayakers from across the country to traverse 1.7 nautical miles in open water across the East Passage.

Starting at Naval Station Newport on Coaster’s Harbor Island, swimmers and kayakers will enter the water at 7:00 a.m. and travel across the East Passage to Jamestown’s Potter Cove. A post-Swim party and awards ceremony will be held on the lawn of the R.I. Turnpike & Bridge Authority in Jamestown.

Swimmers between the ages of 15 and 77 will work hard to raise this year’s fundraising goal of $350,000. Proceeds from The Swim benefit all of Save The Bay’s programs to protect, restore, and educate about Narragansett Bay and its watershed. The Swim has featured participants from more than 25 states and Save The Bay hopes to expand the geographical reach to raise even more awareness this year.  

Save The Bay was forced to alter the course for last year’s “Sequester Swim,” a name given to the event due to sequestration cuts to the military. Historically, the course started in Newport and ended at Potter Cove in Jamestown. Last year's course was reconfigured in a triangle to start and finish at Potter Cove.

"We are thrilled to return to the Newport start,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “This is how it should always be, swimming with the towering span of the Pell Bridge next to us. We are thankful to the City of Newport and Naval Station Newport for their past support of the Swim and look forward to an incredible trek across the East Passage this July.”

The first cross-Bay swim, held in 1977, was started as a call to action to clean up Narragansett Bay. During the first few years of the Swim, it wasn't uncommon to see swimmers emerge from the water with oil and tar balls on their skin and swimsuits. Today the annual Swim is a celebration of 38 years of progress and a reminder that much work remains to be done. The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest fundraising event and underwrites the organization’s environmental advocacy, restoration, and education programs.

The Swim is generously sponsored by Citizens Bank and many other local businesses and organizations. To register and find information about The Swim, visit www.savebay.org or follow The Swim on Twitter: @SaveTheBaySwim

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay protects, restores, and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, including its watershed and adjacent coastal waters, through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action; defends the right of the public to use and enjoy the Bay and its surrounding waters; and fosters an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit the Narragansett Bay region.