Montauk To Block Island Challenge

Paddlers make the 18-mile trip from Montauk to Block Island to raise funds for nonprofits. Independent/Courtesy Paddlers for Humanity

Paddlers will be trekking 18 miles off Montauk to Block Island in Paddlers for Humanity’s challenge Saturday, August 10.

The event begins at 6 AM on the north side of the Montauk Lighthouse and ends at the Narragansett Inn on Block Island. The Montauk to Block Island Challenge brings together a community of men, women, and students to achieve a goal beyond themselves — undertaking the physical and mental challenge of a six-hour open ocean paddle with the purpose of bettering the lives of children.

Each paddler must raise or contribute a minimum of $1500 to participate. Students must raise or contribute a minimum of $750. There are also spots for seven two-person relay teams. Both members must donate or raise a minimum of $1500. Team members determine how far and how often each will paddle before handing off to his or her teammate. Support will be provided for the handoff. It is suggested that participants have completed at least a 10-mile paddle within the last year.

Kayaks, paddleboards, sculls, and outrigger canoes are permitted in the event. There will be 1 PM post-event celebration and return to Montauk courtesy of the Montauk-Block Island ferry.

Paddlers for Humanity is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization based in East Hampton dedicated to bettering the lives of children, with an emphasis on supporting innovative and comprehensive mental health programs for youth. The Paddlers for Humanity Catastrophic Fund supports families in crisis on the East End. In 2018, the organization donated $160,000 to various other charities and organizations, and to date, has given away $1.76 million.

Entry forms, waivers and release, and minimum donations must be received by Friday, August 9. Participants younger than 18 must submit a signed parental statement. For more information, visit

Hamptons Challenge Regatta

The Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta, a handicapped race using ratings provided by Performance Handicap Racing Fleet of Eastern Long Island, will set sails from the Peconic Bay Sailing Association in Noyack Bay August 10.

The event, financed by the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Board to increase tourism and participation in Antigua Sailing Week, boasts multiple awards for various winners. The Perpetual Cup will be engraved with the winning boat’s name, whose captain and crew of five will receive a charter boat for Antigua Sailing Week 2020, hotel accommodations in Antigua, and registration fees to compete in Antigua Sailing Week (April 25 to May 1, 2020). Second place will receive a lunch for four at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, and third, a mini-barrel of English Harbour Rum. There will also be plaques and smaller cup trophies to be handed out in each division.

Prizes will be awarded at the post-race Caribbean Cocktail Party from 5 to 8 PM under a tent at Breakwater Yacht Club on Bay Street in Sag Harbor. The award party will benefit i-tri Girls, a nonprofit that empowers adolescent girls through the completion of a triathlon.

Registration forms must be received by August 7. To find out more, visit

Healthy Guru

Healthy Guru, a popular wellness event in the Hamptons, will be held at the Southampton Arts Center August 10 from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Healthy Guru brings together brands to showcase new products and how they can be incorporated into fitness, wellness, nutrition, yoga, fashion, and beauty routines.

There will be a selection of classes to choose from throughout the day and other offerings by Erika Bloom Pilates, 305 Fitness, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, Exhale Spa, The Yoga Collective, Ginelle Ruffa, Fitness Hub Studios, and Hamptons Fitness Training.

Tickets are $25 and give access to participate in any or all classes throughout the day. Visit to find out more.

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