Online registration is closed. Race day registration will be available at $80 (Adult), $40 (Youth). You can read the race day details online here.

The Newport Sharkfest Swim will take place along the historic waterfront of Newport. The swim will start at the harbormaster’s dock in Perrotti Park in front of the Newport Marriott Hotel. It will be an in-water start in waves of 75 to proceed past the docks on your left side and anchored sailboats on the right side of the swimming channel. The 1500 meter swim will be a straight shot down the harbor to finish on the beach at King Park in the shadow of the statue of Rochambeau. The 1.5 mile swim will be the same course but just before the 1500 finish, the 1.5 mile course will turn left to add a rectangular course to bring them back to the finish. The event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register!

PLEASE NOTE: This swim is not for novices. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. You should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes.

Event Beneficiary

Registration Fees

1500 Meters - Adult Closed

(18 & Over)

1500 Meters - Youth Closed

(17 & Under)

1.5 Mile - Adult Closed

(18 & Over)

1.5 Mile - Youth Closed

(17 & Under)

Course Map

DISTANCE: 1500 Meters and 1.5 Miles (map coming soon for longer distance)

Event Details


WATER TEMP: ~62-64° F


INCENTIVES: T-Shirts for all participants. Sharkfest Swim Medals for top three finishers in each age group (non-wetsuit & wetsuit combined). Personalized award plaques will also be mailed to the first place finishers in each age group (non-wetsuit & wetsuit combined).

AGE GROUP BREAKDOWN: Male and Female: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-100!

TEAM COMPETITION: Form a team of three to five swimmers, and you will become eligible to win the Rochambeau "Cup". It's easy to register as a team, when you register online, simply click the "Create a team" link or join an existing team by selecting the team name from the dropdown menu at the top of the registration form. The person who creates the team becomes the Team Captain. The fastest three times will be combined together to calculate your team's finish time. If you're already registered to swim and want to join a team, please notify us at

RACE DAY DETAILS: An email with all the race day details will be sent to all registered participants and posted online here 1-2 weeks prior to event day. Please check back for any updates and the full race day itinerary.

PARKING: Parking will be available for $3.00/hour ($24.50/day) in the public parking garage located behind the Newport Visitor’s Center (23 America's Cup Ave, Newport, RI) near the race start. There will be shuttle buses from the race finish to bring you back to your cars at the end of the race.

CANCELLATIONS:  Registrations are non-refundable. If you can no longer participate in this event, you may receive a rollover credit (minus a $20 processing fee) toward a future event as long as you let us know by August 18 2016. After that date, a doctor's note is required to receive a credit.

WATER REPORT: You can read the Clean Ocean Access Water Quality Report online here.


GEAR TRANSPORT: Gear bags (labeled with your bib number) will be transported from the start to the finish area.

Event Partners

We have partnered with Clean Ocean Access because we feel there is a fundamental link between their worthy project and our ability to swim in clean waters.  Clean Ocean Access has worked long and hard to guarantee not only clean water, but also access to our bays and ocean in Rhode Island and especially along our swim course.  You can find all the access points in Rhode Island on this map.



Event Schedule

  • September 18 7:30 AM EDT - Athlete Check-In

  • September 18 9:00 AM EDT - Race Starts

Contact Information

Event Location

Perrotti Park, Newport, RI, United States

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