Save The Bay is accepting registrations for the 41st Annual Save The Bay Swim. The iconic 1.7-nautical-mile swim will be held Saturday, July 29 at 6:15 a.m, at the Naval War College, crossing the Narragansett Bay East Passage to finish at Potter Cove in Jamestown. Swimmers are encouraged to register early, as the swim draws nearly 500 swimmers from all over the country.
As one of the most storied open-water swims in the United States, the Save The Bay Swim celebrates tremendous progress in cleaning up Narragansett Bay since its inception in 1977 and the organization’s founding in 1970. In the early years of the swim, swimmers often emerged from the water with oil and tar balls on their skin and swimsuits. In recent years, swimmers reported seeing schools of menhaden swimming beneath them.
With a fundraising goal of $350,000, the swim is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, providing critical support toward the organizations mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. It is generously sponsored by many local businesses and thousands of individuals who donate funds to support swimmers. Proceeds from The Swim benefit Save The Bay’s education, restoration and advocacy programs.
Register for the Swim at swim.savebay.org/swim17. Follow the swim on Twitter, @SaveTheBaySwim, or join the Swim Facebook group.