By Janet Serra

Posted: 05/31/2018 14:44:04

On Saturday, July 14 there is a flotilla launching from Cove Island in Stamford and Darien's Weed Beach starting at 8:30 a.m. Adults and children paddling kayaks and paddle boards 4 miles along the Long Island Sound shoreline to raise money to support SoundWaters Long Island Sound education programs. For all the details and to register click here.

Long Island Sound is our greatest natural resource. It's a source of recreation, exercise, jobs, food and inspiration. So, what can you do to protect it? Would you paddle 4 miles? Here's your chance. Join us.

We're paddling together – on kayaks and paddle boards – from Cove Island Park on Stamford's east side and Weed Beach in Darien to Boccuzzi Park on Stamford Harbor, where we'll celebrate with a classic beach party. Along the way, we'll be fully supported by guide boats with water, snacks and aid, if we need it.

The Route: We'll paddle 4 miles from Cove Island Park in Stamford and Weed Beach in Darien to Boccuzzi Park (aka, Southfield Park) on Stamford Harbor. See the route. This distance is very achievable by all ages and experience levels. We're starting at 8:30am so the water will be flat and the winds will be calm and we'll have plenty of kayak guides and support boats to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

2018 Schedule

Friday, July 13
4:00-7:00pm: Optional equipment drop off for your convenience at Cove Island Park

Saturday, July 14
7:30am: Equipment drop off and check-in at Cove Island Park and Weed Beach. A light breakfast will be available at Cove Island. Paddlers launching from Weed Beach will paddle over to Cove Island for the official launch.

8:30am: Flotilla launches from the beach at Cove Island

9:30 – 11:30am: Flotilla arrives at Boccuzzi Park on Stamford Harbor
10:00am – 2:00pm: Beach party at Boccuzzi Park with lunch, music and activities ***

*** Transportation for paddlers and kayaks/boards will be provided back Cove Island or Weed Beach throughout the day.

What do you need? Kayak or paddle board, a paddle and Coast Guard-certified personal flotation device (life jacket).

Registration and Fundraising

Registration Fee: Single Kayak/Paddle Board: $50 per boat
Double Kayak: $100 per boat

Fundraising Minimum: Single Kayak/Paddle Board: $150 per boat
Double Kayak: $300 per boat

Team Fundraising: The team is responsible for raising $150 x the number of team members regardless of which member(s) raise the money. If the team achieves this fundraising threshold, all members will have met their fundraising commitment.

All registered paddlers will have their own personal web page, which can be customized with photos, language, etc. Supporters can make donations directly through that web page.