Paddle for Progress FAQs

What you need to know about our event

Where to Meet

Set your GPS or phone to Wilson Park, North Kingstown, RI. There are two entrances: Roosevelt Avenue and Intrepid Drive, either is fine. You will see Paddle for Progress signs directing you to the kayak launch area. We will launch from the kayak launch area, not the boat ramp. There will be plenty of parking, as well as enthusiastic people to help you unload your watercraft and get organized. You will also find the welcome area here for check-in. We will have some light refreshments for paddlers and spectators and the chance to meet and greet and take a few photos. Please stop by the welcome tent as soon as you arrive.

What to Wear & Bring

Your boat or board along with your paddle/oar and lifejacket. Water, sun protection, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, as you desire. Everyone on the water must sign a Release of Liability form and wear a life jacket. Please dress appropriately for the air and water temperature.

**Single and double kayaks, pedal boards, SUPs, and rowing boats of all types are invited to join the fun. Participants must provide their own watercraft for the event. Pursuant to RI DEM regulation, everyone will be required to wear lifejackets. 

Paddling Route

This will be a gentle 2-mile paddle in Wickford Harbor, departing from Wilson Park in North Kingstown travelling for about one mile in Wickford Harbor, likely rounding a few tiny inner harbor picturesque islands, Rabbit, and Cornelius. We will cross the boat channel with the support of the North Kingstown Harbormaster and others heading to Gardner’s Wharf. At Gardner’s Wharf we will take a brief water break and then head back to the Wilson Park boat launch ramp where our paddling will conclude. The paddle route will be well identified, and an experienced team will guide our travel.

Information for Spectators

If you are coming just to view the event and cheer on the participants you can do this either from Wilson Park, in North Kingstown, which will be our starting and ending point or at Gardner’s Wharf, also in North Kingstown which will be our mid-way point where our paddlers will turn to return to Wilson Park. There is a public parking area at the end of Main Street in North Kingstown, adjacent to Gardner’s Seafood at 170 Main Street. There is also a small beach there for you to get some great photos. From Gardner’s Wharf, if you look to the left (towards the North) you will be able to see the parade of paddlers cross the boat channel in Wickford supported by the North Kingstown Harbormaster and others. It promises to be a great sight, for a great cause.

SAVE THE DATE: September 15, 2024

Returning in 2024: Fun Paddle in Wickford Harbor

After an incredibly successful inaugural event, plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Paddle for Progress Rhode Island. Paddlers of all abilities are invited to join for this gentle two-mile paddle in Wickford Harbor, North Kingstown, RI. on September 15, 2024 to raise awareness and funds for breast oncology research in Rhode Island

With the support of The Kayak Centre in Wickford and the North Kingstown Harbormaster, participants will gather on the water for fun while bringing visibility to both the Lifespan Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic and Lifespan Breast Cancer Research at Rhode Island Hospital. Among others, Dr. Stephanie Graff and Dr. Theresa Graves look forward to being on the water with you for this Paddle for Progress. Let’s get on the water together to benefit this very important cause! Spectators are also welcome to join!

Where

Wilson Park, Roosevelt Avenue

North Kingstown, RI

When

Sunday September 15, 2024

(Rain Date: Sunday September 22, 2023)