Things to Know Before you Go

We want everyone to have fun and be safe while participating in Paddle for the Sound 2021! Please follow all COVID safety precautions and social-distancing guidelines and wear personal protective equipment when necessary.

Let’s Get Started

From July 23 – August 1, this friendly competition will offer three categories:

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

If you are participating in an aquatic activity, you can launch your paddleboard, kayak, or boat from anywhere – including rivers. Whether your paddling, kayaking, or sailing you can go to our Sound Health Explorer to find your launch location.

If your preference is to stay on land you can pick your favorite place to walk, run, or hike. Hike through the beautiful Oswegatchie Hills in Niantic, CT, The Preserve in Old Saybrook, CT, Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, NY, or just take a walk on your local beach.

Youths ages 14 and below can register for $50 and participate in any of the three activity categories.

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.

Click here to register.

Make sure you take pictures of you and your friends and family participating! Post them on social media with the hashtags #PaddleLIS and #Paddle2021 and tag Save the Sound for a chance to be featured on our accounts.

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

Prizes will be awarded within each registration category for longest distance cumulatively travelled. Youth participants will be judged separately within their categories.

First place will received a Paddle for the Sound logo’d lightweight jacket – perfect for a breezy evening on the Sound. Second and third place will be awarded with special Save the Sound swag bags!

Winners are determined by your TOTAL over the 9 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 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 but they must be submitted no later than August 4 for eligibility.

Online Auction

The auction will be live from July 18 – August 1 for you to bid on some excellent items.

Auction items range from kayaking experiences to beautiful beach-themed décor including:

  • A private boat ride on the Sound for five
  • Four hockey tickets to see the Bridgeport Islanders
  • A private virtual trivia party for up to 100 people

Click here to view the auction site, and remember to save your favorite items so you’re ready on July 18!

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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