Things to Know Before you Go

We want everyone to have fun and be safe while participating in Paddle for the Sound 2020! Please follow all social-distancing guidelines and wear personal protective equipment when necessary.

Let’s Get Started

Paddle for the Sound has historically been a standup paddleboard (SUP) fundraising event with a single launch point in Rye, NY. With our current situation due to COVID-19, this year we’re encouraging a wider range of activities that you can participate in remotely.

From August 14-31, this friendly competition will offer THREE categories:

  1. Paddleboarding & Kayaking
  2. Sailing
  3. Land Lover (includes walking/running/hiking)

What this means is if you are participating in an aquatic activity, you can launch your paddleboard, kayak, or boat from anywhere – including rivers. If your preference is to stay on land we now have a category for that. Just pick your favorite place to walk, run, or hike to join in.

We are also offering two different levels in each category: silver ($50) and gold ($100).

  • SILVER registrants will receive a Save the Sound buff and floating keychain
  • GOLD registrants will receive a Save the Sound buff, floating keychain, and Paddle for the Sound hat

Finally, also new this year is a YOUTH category. With so many camps and programs closed this year we want to provide an affordable activity for our young Sound enthusiasts. Youths ages 18 and below can register for $25 and participate in any of the three activity categories. Participants will receive a Save the Sound buff and floating keychain.

Make sure you take pictures of you and your friends and family participating! Post them on social media with the hashtags #PaddleLIS and #Paddle2020 and tag Save the Sound for a chance to be featured on our accounts.

Click here to register!

While we encourage you to do as much outdoor activity as you can, you can only register in ONE category to participate in this event.

Fundraising for Long Island Sound

Once you have registered sign up for your personal fundraising page!

We know you support a cleaner, healthier Long Island Sound and now it’s time to ask your friends and family to do so as well. All funds raised through Paddle for the Sound will further support our mission to fight climate change, save endangered lands, protect the Sound and its rivers, and work with nature to restore ecosystems.

It’s easy to set-up and customize your personal fundraising page. We have provided you with standard text to promote Save the Sound’s vital work in the Long Island Sound region. We encourage you to tell your own story here as well – what the Sound means to you or your favorite memory related to the sound. We are also encouraging that all participants keep the minimum goal of $200, however you can customize your fundraising goals.

Promote your page with friends and family or through social media. Don’t forget to let your donors see your progress! Periodically update your donors with your distance or amount of time spent doing your selected activity through the text box.

How to Win Prizes

We will be awarding THREE categories of prizes and in order to be fair we must judge within a single activity only. One hour spent sailing is very different from one hour spent paddleboarding, and it would be unfair to equate the two.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  1. Longest distance travelled
  2. Most time active
  3. Most money raised through crowdfunding

First prize winners of the Distance and Time categories will received a Paddle for the Sound logo’d lightweight jacket. First prize winner of the Crowdfunding category will receive a Paddle for the Sound logo’d vest. Second and third prizes will be awarded with special Save the Sound swag bags!

Youth category competitors will be judged as their own category with first prize being a Paddle for the Sound logo’d vest.

Distance and time winners are determined by your TOTAL over the 17 days of the event. There are numerous free smartphone apps you can use to track this. Here are some suggestions:

  • Go Paddling
  • MapMyRun
  • Polaris GPS
  • KayakLog

Screenshot your distance and time through your selected app on EACH excursion you take and submit it to with your name, category, and date to be eligible for prizes. All excursions can be included in one email and they must be submitted no later than September 2.

Online Auction

The auction will be live from August 14-23 for you to bid on some excellent items. Visit to view what’s available in the weeks preceding the auction going live so you can bookmark the items you want to bid on.

Auction items are being added daily but here’s a teaser of some things you’ll see:

  • GT Transeo 4.0 bicycle
  • Large framed sailboat photography by Kevin Dailey
  • Signed Saquon Barkley NY Giants jersey

Please click here to view our current items and bid from August 14 – 23.

Auction winners will need to be able to pick up their items at either our office in New Haven, CT or Mamaroneck, NY. Alternative arrangements could be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

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August 14 - 31
Paddle for the Sound - Paddleboard, kayak, sail, walk, run, hike, or simply "raise your paddle" and participate in our online silent auction in a friendly virtual competition to win prizes while fighting for regional environmental protection.

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