Paddlers brave the weather to raise money for local groups
The following was sent in by Jeffrey Smith, owner of Block Island Ocean Adventures:
Here are some pictures from our 18-mile journey during this year’s Charity Paddle. We traveled over to the island Friday evening and woke to heavy clouds. The forecast was calling for heavy 25-knot winds, which would help us across as a tailwind.
We raise money for the east end of Long Island schools and children’s programs, as well as The Block Island Rescue Squad and Fire Department. This event is in its 11th year.
The paddle had 46 participants: standup paddlers, kayakers and prone surf paddlers. We were accompanied by three vessels and the awesome Montauk Water Patrol on their wave skis. Despite rough weather, we crossed in a record five hours, which included five 10-minute rest stops. At one point, with wind and tide with us, we were traveling at 7.5 knots.
Huge thanks to Tony Edwards and the crew of the Boat Basin for hosting this and organizing all 46 racers and chase boats to return back to Montauk. Also thanks to Block Island paddlers Kate McConville, Nick Lamoureaux and Gavin Smith.
Sondra Agresti and Tom Chapman hosted the barbecue at the Boat Basin.
We are planning a Block Island ’Round the Island paddle of 23 miles for next summer.
Enjoy the summer and thanks to all of the contributors to this special and memorable event.