Narragansett Bay East Passage Closure Scheduled for July 27
July 25, 2019
Portions of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay between Gould Island and Conanicut (Jamestown), and extending to Pell Newport Bridge, will be temporarily closed to vessel traffic on Saturday morning, July 27, for the annual Save The Bay Swim.
Vessel traffic may pass on the west side of Jamestown.
The Coast Guard may allow vessels to pass through the center span of the Newport Bridge on a case-by-case basis during the event. USCG can be contacted on VHF channel 16.
The Save The Bay Swim, now in its 43rd year, involves hundreds of swimmers and kayakers who tackle a 1.7-nautical-mile journey from Newport to Jamestown. At 8:55 a.m., following opening remarks by returning Swim Ambassador and Olympic swimmer, Elizabeth Beisel, the first of five waves of swimmers will set out across Narragansett Bay in the nonprofit organization’s largest annual fundraiser.
“The Swim, which began as a call to action for the entire Bay community, continues to remind us all of the benefit and importance of clean local waters,” said Save The Bay Executive Director and Swim participant Jonathan Stone. “By swimming in an area that was once fouled with oil, trash, and human waste, Swim participants demonstrate the progress that has been made toward Save The Bay’s vision of a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay.”
As one of the most storied open-water swimming events in the country, the Swim attracts nearly 600 participants from more than 25 states, as well as more than 150 local volunteers.