Registration opens for R.I.’s only cross-Bay swim

Save The Bay opens registration for the only cross-Bay swim event in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – April 11, 2022 – Save The Bay opens registration for its 46th annual Swim fundraiser at 8 a.m. today. The nonprofit organization’s flagship fundraiser, taking place this year on Saturday, August 6, challenges skilled swimmers to a two-mile, cross-Bay swim from the Naval War College in Newport to Potter Cove in Jamestown.

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The Save The Bay Swim typically welcomes hundreds of swimmers, kayakers and volunteers to the waters and shores of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. This one-of-a-kind, 2.0-mile, cross-Bay swim benefits Save The Bay’s advocacy, habitat restoration and education efforts.

“The Swim gives all of us the opportunity to celebrate the recreational benefits of a clean and healthy Narragansett Bay,” said Save The Bay Executive Director—and annual Swim participant—Jonathan Stone. “This challenging, open water swim reminds us just how much has changed since the early days of Save The Bay’s advocacy when many Bay waters were deemed too polluted for human contact. Plus,” he adds, “it’s a lot of fun.”

“The Swim offers skilled swimmers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exercise their right to a clean and healthy Narragansett Bay,” said Leanne Danielsen, Save The Bay’s events manager. “For anyone looking for a refreshing challenge that offers stunning views of the Newport Bridge, an amazing, supportive Swim community, and a meaningful cause—the Swim is for you!”

For those looking to “exercise their right to a clean and healthy Bay” in other ways, registration for the Save The Bay Open, a Swim alternative, also opens this morning.

“The Open offers athletes of all disciplines the opportunity to choose their challenge, complete it their way, on their own time,” explained Danielsen. “Participants can choose from challenges in kayaking, biking, running, and more, complete their challenges where they’d like, submit their times, and contribute to the effort.”

Those interested in registering for or donating to the 2022 Swim and Open are encouraged to visit savebay.org/swim, or to contact Leanne Danielsen at ldanielsen@savebay.org. The registration fee for qualifying Swim participants is $50, with a $400 fundraising minimum. Registration for the Open is $25, with a $200 fundraising minimum.

As one of the most storied open-water events in the country, the Swim attracts hundreds of swimmers from across the country, as well as more than a hundred local volunteers, to the only event that invites swimmers to cross Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. The event is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, providing critical support to the organization’s mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. The event is generously sponsored by local businesses, and fundraising efforts are supported by thousands of individuals who donate funds to swimmers.

The 2022 Save The Bay Swim and Open are supported in part by the following event sponsors: Arbella Insurance Foundation; National Grid; the Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority Foundation; Chisholm Chisholm & Kirkpatrick Ltd; REXEL Energy Solutions; Carpionato Group; Conanicut Marine Services, Inc.; Fuss & O’Neill; Horsley Witten Group, Inc; Rhode Races & Events; DBVW Architects; BayCoast Bank; Centreville Savings Bank; Mott & Chase, Sotheby’s International Realty; Narragansett Bay Insurance Co.; Pawtucket Credit Union; Sunflower Design; Water Scents; Joseph W. Blaeser IV Agency; Wright-Pierce; HomeLight; Carey, Richmond & Viking Insurance; and Thorp & Trainer Insurance Agency.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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