Why Save the Bay?
In the early years
of the Swim, swimmers often emerged from the water with oil and tar balls on their skin and swimsuits. In recent years, swimmers reported seeing schools of menhaden beneath them as they swam. One of the most storied open-water
swims in the United States, the Save The Bay Swim celebrates tremendous progress in cleaning up
Narragansett Bay since its first official Swim in 1977 and the organization’s founding in 1970.
About 500 swimmers and nearly 200
kayakers between the ages of 15 and 83+ annually participate in the 1.7-nautical-mile journey from Naval
Station Newport across the East Passage to Jamestown’s Potter Cove.
On August 4th, Dave Splaine will complete his 12th Save the Bay Swim with his trusty wingman Vin Meola. The funds raised will go to protect our State's greatest natural resource. Any donation amount is welcomed and appreciated. Go to: www.SwimDave.com