Paddle across the Sound fundraiser draws a crowd

Paddleboarders and kayakers joined forces early Sunday morning to paddle across Long Island Sound in a fundraiser for advocacy and legal organization Save the Sound.

Nearly two dozen athletes participated in the eight-mile adventure, some on kayaks and some on stand-up paddleboards (SUP). The athletes were accompanied on their journey by three support boats, while family and friends gathered on the Rye shoreline to greet participants upon return. The funds raised will go to cleaning up Long Island Sound, including tackling the water pollution that threatens participants in aquatic sports and marine life alike. The event was hosted by Nancy Vincent, owner of SUP Westchester in Mamaroneck.

“Growing up in Westchester County I spent the summers with my family playing and swimming in the waters of the Long Island Sound. My children now swim, play and fish in these same waters I grew up in,” said Nancy. “One of the great aspects of living in this area is that we are lucky enough to have access to these waters. Everyone who lives in this area should be doing everything they can to protect them. Some amazing woman that I stand up paddleboard with and I have always wanted to SUP to Long Island. I thought it would be a great idea to do a SUP to Long Island and back as a fundraiser for Save the Sound. It is because of Save the Sound’s hard work and dedication that we get to enjoy these beautiful waters. I am hoping that this event grows every year and more and more people come out to show their support for the waters we all love.”

Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, works for a cleaner, healthier, and more vibrant Long Island Sound where humans and marine life can prosper year-round by keeping our beaches safe for swimming all the time, making our waters healthy for fish and wildlife, and protecting our critical rivers and coastal areas.

Photos courtesy of Nancy Vincent and David Wilkins/Save the Sound.

Photos courtesy of Nancy Vincent and David Wilkins/Save the Sound.


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