Paddlers for Humanity, a local not-for-profit that donates to projects and programs dedicated to children and youth, hosts the Eighth Annual Block Challenge on Saturday, September 15 from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This 18-mile open ocean paddle, taking approximately six hours, will begin on the north side of the Montauk Lighthouse (2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954) and end at Champlin’s Marina (West Side Road, Block Island, RI 02807). From 1 to 5 p.m., paddlers will celebrate their accomplishment with a catered lunch complete with water, juice, beer and wine along with a ceremony thanking paddlers and support boat volunteers. A return ferry ride to Montauk courtesy of the Montauk-Block Island Ferry from Viking Fleet departs Block Island at 5 p.m.
Paddlers must raise or contribute a minimum of $1,500 to participate, $750 for paddlers under 18-years-old. All paddlers in kayaks and outrigger canoes must wear a life preserver and all paddleboarders must use a paddle leash attached to their board. Paddlers must register by Friday, September 14 at 5 p.m. online at http://bit.ly/Kpmt0o. At least four support boats will be in the waters along with three jet skis manned by certified lifeguards from Hamptons Lifesaving Association.
Monies raised will be donated to East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Women’s Prison Association, Paddlers for Humanity Relief Fund, PRSAD Children's Dental Health Program, Hamptons Life Saving Association and Montauk Playhouse Community Center.