400 expected in 37th Save the Bay swim this Saturday
Save The Bay to host the 37th Annual Bay Swim this Saturday. More than 400 swimmers from across the country, joined by up to 200 kayakers, will take part in the 1.7-nautical mile course off the Eastern shore of Conanicut Island in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
Additional swimmers will participate remotely, swimming in open waters or pools as far away as Rome, Italy. U.S. Congressman David Cicilline, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and other elected officials will also be in attendance at the completion party to congratulate swimmers.
For 36 years, the Swim’s course was across the East Passage, from Naval Station Newport to Jamestown. This year’s Swim course has been altered due to federal sequestration. The “Sequestration Swim” will start and finish in Jamestown, yet will allow opportunities to capture images and interviews from swimmers both before and after the event.
The public is encouraged to join swimmers, volunteers and Save The Bay staff at the completion party from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. immediately following the Swim. The party will take place across the street from the finish line at Potter Cove on the lawn of the Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority.
Save The Bay’s Annual Bay Swim is a Rhode Island tradition and the largest open-water swim in the Northeast region. It brings together some 2,000 people – ranging in age from 15 to 83 – to raise awareness around the continued need to protect and restore Narragansett Bay.