Paddle for Access



Water pictures by Eric Full    

Boat pictures by Lorrie Burns                   

Boat pictures by Ben Tuff                         

Drone pictures by Veronica Brown

Land pictures by Dave McLaughlin             

Paddle for Access, August 17, 2019, Newport, RI

Online registration is open until August 16 at 6 p.m.

Click here to register

Day-of registration available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.


The 2nd annual Paddle for Access hosted by Clean Ocean Access is a 3 mile or 6 mile paddle (SUP or prone) around Goat Island and Rose Island in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.


August 17, 2019 at 8:00 A.M.


Newport Shipyard

1 Washington St, Newport RI 02840


The annual Paddle for Access event celebrates our ongoing work protect and preserve shoreline access. Clean water and healthy oceans are critical to achieving our mission to take action today so future generations can enjoy ocean activities. Public access to the shoreline is a prerequisite to these goals because i we can’t access the coastline, we most certainly cannot work to protect it nor enjoy favorite ocean activities. Limited access to the shoreline is how the organization started in 2006, and to this day it is the most important, yet least understood issue that we work on. The Paddle for Access event celebrates our work to monitor all 50 rights-of-way across Aquidneck Island and ensure everyone has access to the shoreline. The event also sheds light on many other  issues that impact public access to the shoreline, including erosion, sea-level rise, invasive species and long term shoreline planning.

Race Map:

Event Details:


Online registration closes on August 16, 2019 at 2 p.m.


Check-in begins promptly at 6:30 A.M. and ends at 7:30 A.M.

Race Briefing

Race briefing starts at 7:45 A.M.

Race Start

6-mile race begins at 8:00 A.M.

3-mile race begins at 8:05 A.M.

*All paddlers must wear a personal flotation device.

Competition categories

Awards are giving to the 1st and 2nd and 3rd place finishes in each category:

  • 12’6 and under Men 3 Mile
  • 12’6 and under Women 3 Mile
  • 14′ and over Men 3 Mile
  • 14′ and over Women 3 Mile
  • 12’6 and under Men 6 Mile
  • 12’6 and under Women 6 Mile
  • 14′ and over Men 6 Mile
  • 14′ and over Women 6 Mile
  • Prone M/W All board Sizes 3 Mile
  • Prone M/W All board Sizes 6 Mile

What comes with my registration?

All participants will be receive a stainless steel Clean Ocean Access branded pint glass and a breakfast sandwich immediately after the race. 


Metered parking is available along Washington Street and in the Newport Gateway Lot across from the Shipyard (3 hours free for Newport residents with a resident parking sticker).

Board Drop-Off:

Drop-off is available inside the Newport Shipyard gate


Restrooms are available at the Newport Shipyard

Thank you to our sponsors!

Day of Sales Sponsors:

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact Clean Ocean Access at 401-236-2561.

Volunteer opportunities

For volunteer opportunities please visit our volunteer page here