Paddle for Access

2022 Paddle for Access


Saturday, August 20, 2022
at the Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard

Thank you for joining us for the 5th Annual Paddle for Access!

In celebration of our ongoing work to protect and preserve shoreline access, the 5th Annual Paddle for Access event will take place on August 20th at the Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard!

Since 2006, Clean Ocean Access has inspired and educated the community to take action through environmentally responsible behaviors, working to eliminate marine debris, improve water quality, and preserve and protect public shoreline access. Through our Access Program,
 we monitor 50 designated rights-of-way to the shore across Aquidneck Island.

The 5th annual Paddle for Access will be 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. Stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer and join us on the water. 

  • Timed 3-mile race 

  • Timed 6-mile race 

  • 12’6 And Under SUP

  • 14′ And Over SUP

  • Prone – All Sizes

  • Surf Ski Kayak – All Sizes

  • Kayak – All Sizes


2022 Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors of past year’s events! If you are interested in sponsoring this year, please reach out to Events Manager Lesley Muir via email or by phone at (401) 314-3284.

Additional Info

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