Paddle for Access

2021 Paddle for Access


Saturday, August 21, 2021
7am at the Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard

The 4th annual Paddle for Access is a 3- or 6-mile paddle around Goat Island in Newport, RI to help us achieve our goal to preserve and protect public shoreline access. Sign up to participate or volunteer! All water and land challenge winners will receive a locally crafted medal to proudly show their support of COA!

Clean water and healthy oceans are critical to fun ocean events, which is why we believe in a clean, healthy ocean that is accessible to all. Shoreline access limitations inspired the roots of our organization back in 2006 and to this day it is the most important, yet least understood issue that we work on. Paddle for Access 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.

If you can’t be there on August 21, but want to participate, see our Virtual Paddle for Access!

2021 Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for this year’s event!

Fitzpatrick Team RE/MAX is a sponsor of this year’s Paddle for Access and will be helping us on site during the event! The Fitzpatrick Team is a strong supporter of Clean Ocean Access, helping us to run our flexible cleanup program through the #cleanitupJOE initiative on Aquidneck Island. We appreciate their commitment to a clean, healthy ocean that is accessible to all!

People’s Credit Union is a local institution that, from their beginning in 1922, have been about “people helping people.” We are proud that this dedication to the community extends to our shores, and supporting us through their sponsorship of this year’s Paddle for Access. 

Additional Info

Can’t make the race? You can still help support our work to protect and preserve shoreline access throughout Rhode Island by donating through our GoFundMe Campaign. 

Additional information about rights-of-way and public access please visit our Access page or the Coastal Resources Management Council website

For further information please reach out via email.

Past Events

Our Paddle for Access race has historically been a major fundraiser that allows us to continue our work. Since 2009, the Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard has hosted the longest running paddle event in Rhode Island. We became involved as a charitable partner in 2014, helping support the Newport SUP CUP.  In 2018, we launched the first Paddle for Access event that we continue today. Working with the existing event connected us to the passion and excitement of the paddleboarding community to get on the water and protect our shared resources. We are proud to build on this legacy and continue Paddle for Access to protect and preserve shoreline access for all.  In 2020, we went fully virtual for a 50 day Paddle for Access competition due to COVID-19. This year, we are happy to host both a Virtual and in person Paddle for Access event. We hope you’ll join us for each of these events to support our work and get out on the water! 
To see results and details from past year’s events, visit our Past Events page