Swim to Skim

Thank you for supporting Clean Ocean Access!


Event Details

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018
Event Time: 6am-11am
Race Time: 7am-9am
Start: Perrotti Park, Newport RI
End: King Park, Newport RI


  • To highlight improved water quality in Newport Harbor. This is the 5th COA harbor swim!
  • To emphasize the dependence that Aquidneck Island’s economy has on a clean ocean
  • To celebrate the diversity of people that use our surrounding waterways
  • To emphasize the importance of keeping our waterways accessible for all users

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Public parking is available at the Newport Visitor Center (23 America’s Cup Ave, Newport, RI 02840) and behind the shops at Long Wharf (39 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, RI02840).

Transportation and bag drop:

Transportation will be provided for viewers from Perrotti Park to King Park and for both swimmers and viewers from King Park to Perrotti Park. A bag drop drop will be available for swimmers at the start line and all of their belongings will be transported to the finish line.


Restrooms will be available at the start and finish lines.

After Event:

A reception with light refreshments for swimmers, families, and all participants will take place at King Park after the swim.

Viewing areas

Public access to our shoreline is highly important to us here at COA. To reinforce this we’ve mapped out some of the public access points along the Newport Harbor that would make great viewing locations!

VIP Swimmers

 Elizabeth Beisel

Elizabeth is a Saunderstown, RI native and Olympic silver medalist who specializes in backstroke and individual medley events. Beisel placed second in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 US Olympic Swimming Trials, qualifying for her third Olympic team. She has won a total of nine medals in major international competition, four gold, one silver, and four bronze spanning the Olympics, World Aquatics, and the Pan Pacific championships. Beisel competed in the 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley events at the 2008 Summer Olympics, placing fifth and fourth, respectively, in the world. She won the silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley and bronze in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Rob MacMillan

Rob is the inspiration behind 11th Hour Racing (a community of professional sailors committed to ocean health) and invested in making the marine industry more sustainable. “Rob believes that we can promote a more sustainable lifestyle with practical and better solutions to everyday issues in the sailing community. In addition to co-founding 11th Hour Racing, Rob is currently an advisor offering strategic insight and direction for all activities. Living by the saying, ‘Winning makes everything better,’ Rob also sails professionally and is the owner of Quantum Sails Newport.

In order for Rob to swim in this great community event we need your help in raising $1,000 to get him in the water! Please consider making a donation to encourage his participation.

Trent Theroux

Trent is a distinguished marathon swimmer, inspirational speaker and graduate school professor who will be participating in our swim event this year. Trent is a Vice President of Finance, graduate school professor, endurance athlete, father and activist for the spinal cord injury community. Following an accident which left him paralyzed, Trent created a foundation to provide durable medical goods for spinal cord injured patients and funded the foundation through an unprecedented swim into the Atlantic Ocean. He was recognized in Sports Illustrated for his record 41-mile swim circumnavigating Aquidneck Island.









Doug Sayles – SwimRI coach and chair of U.S. Masters Swimming New England chapter.

Event Sponsors

We are excited to announce the gracious support of the following sponsors:

For sponsorship inquiries please contact Elena Kissel.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers make up an integral part of our organization and we need as many helpers as possible for our annual Swim to Skim event! If you would like to help with race day operations on land or on the water (in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard), please visit our our volunteer page here.