Paddle for Progress FAQs

What you need to know about our event

Where to Meet

The launch point for the 2024 event is a small beach at Gardner’s Wharf, 170 Main Street, North Kingstown, RI. There is a public parking lot at the end of Main Street.

You will see Paddle for Progress RI signs directing you to the kayak launch area. There will be plenty of parking, as well as enthusiastic people to help you unload your watercraft and get organized. We will have some light refreshments for paddlers and spectators and the chance to meet and greet and take a few photos. Please check in at the welcome tent as soon as you arrive.

What to Wear & Bring

Please bring a refillable water bottle, your boat or board, your paddle/oar, and a lifejacket. Bring any necessary sun protection, including sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen. Everyone on the water must sign a Release of Liability Form which is available online when you register for the event. 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. Under RI DEM regulation, all participants will be required to wear a lifejacket while on the water. 

Paddling Route

This will be a gentle 2-mile paddle in Wickford Harbor, beginning at a small beach at Gardner’s Wharf, 170 Main Street, North Kingstown. We will paddle around two small picturesque inner harbor islands–Rabbit, and Cornelius–crossing the boat channel with the support of the North Kingstown Harbormaster and others. We will take a brief water break and return to the launch point where our paddling adventure will conclude.

Information for Spectators

If you are coming to view the event and cheer on the participants, you can do this from the launch area at Gardner’s Wharf, 170 Main Street, North Kingstown. There is a public parking lot at the end of Main Street. This promises to be a great sight, for a great cause.

SAVE THE DATE: September 22, 2024 (Rain Date: September 29, 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 22, 2024 (Rain Date: September 29, 2024) to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer 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, Dr. Martha Mainiero, 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!


Wickford Harbor

Gardner’s Wharf
170 Main Street
North Kingstown, RI 02852

*Public parking available at the end of Main Street


Sunday, September 22, 2024, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rain Date:

Sunday, September 29, 2024

Your Help is Needed

Paddle for Progress RI is about community. By joining us on the water, you will be helping raise the visibility of breast cancer research in Rhode Island. If you're able and would like to donate funds to the cause, whether in addition to or instead of paddling, click the button below.