Paddle for the Sound Returns

Save the Sound is back for its eighth year of Paddle for the Sound. For nine days from July 29 through Aug. 6, this annual fundraiser will virtually bring together athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and activists for either a leisure paddle, or a kayak, stand up paddleboard, and canoe competition for those who want to challenge themselves.

Participants will track distance paddled and raise funds to protect the Sound and its rivers, restore local ecosystems, fight climate change, and save endangered lands. 

Participants will paddle from self-selected launch points, tracking their miles with each excursion with their favorite activity tracker. Take screenshots of the distance on each excursion and send it to the Paddle for the Sound team, who will compile the results. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded for total distance paddled over the duration of the event and most funds raised to take action for our environment.

Support from the public keeps the Long Island Soundkeeper on the water, tracking down pollution at its source; preventing trash from making its way into waterways and protecting native and migratory fish species.  Participants can register up until Friday, August 4 at

Beth Young

Beth Young built her first boat out of driftwood tied together with phragmites behind her family’s apartment above the old Mill Creek Inn in Southold. Nowadays, she spends most of her time kayaking, learning about shellfish, writing newspaper stories, trying to sail a Sunfish, and watching the way the bay changes from day to day. You can send her a message at

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