Paddle for Access

2020 Paddle for Access

The Paddle for Access event is a 3 or 6 mile paddle (SUP) or kayak race around Goat Island and Rose Island in Newport, RI. The annual Paddle for Access event celebrates our ongoing work to protect and preserve shoreline access.

EVENT DETAILS

Date and Time: August 15, 2020 at 8:00 A.M.
Other Important Time Details:
Participant Check-In: 6:30 A.M. – 7:30 A.M
Race Briefing: 7:45 A.M.
6-mile Race Start: 8:00 A.M.
3-mile Race Start: 8:05 A.M.

Location: Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington St, Newport RI 02840
Parking is not permitted inside the shipyard! 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). Restrooms will be available to participants inside the Newport Shipyard.

EVENT PURPOSE

Clean water and healthy oceans are critical to fun ocean events which is why we believe in action today so future generations can enjoy ocean activities. 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. 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.

REGISTRATION IS LIVE!

All participants will receive a stainless steel Clean Ocean Access branded pint glass and a breakfast sandwich from Belle’s Cafe at Newport Shipyard immediately after the race. 

*Online registration will be open until August 14 at 6 P.M.
** Day-of registration available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

RACE COURSE

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

    * Board Drop-off is available inside the Newport Shipyard gate!
    *All participants must wear a flotation device

2019 RACE RESULTS

2019 RACE PHOTOS

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             

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS

AND OUR 2019 DAY OF EVENT SPONSORS

BECOME A 2020 EVENT SPONSOR

2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers make up an integral part of our organization and we need as many helpers as possible for our annual Paddle for Access event! If you would like to help with race day operations on land or on the water, please visit our volunteer pageĀ here.