Lars Svanberg said Paddlers for Humanity’s Montauk-to-Block Island crossing on Saturday took place on “a picture perfect day, and drew about 40 paddlers, all of whom had had to raise at least $1,500.”
The group, which included, besides Svanberg, a number of other standup paddling adepts, Ed Cashin, Mike Bahel, and Marty Ross among them, moved along together during the course of the 6-hour-long, 18-mile crossing accompanied by several boats and two Jet Skis. “Every now and then, Rob Lambert, who was on one of the Jet Skis, would tow the last one to the front of the line.”
“There was a bit of a swell and we had the wind at our backs,” said Svanberg, who added that “the youngest of us was a 14-year-old from Block Island, Gavin Smith. He did it last year too.”
Following a party at Champlain’s Marine on Block Island, the paddlers were treated to a return trip by the Viking Ferry.
Fred Doss said that the nonprofit organization has earmarked $96,000 to be apportioned this year among the Family Service League ($30,000), East Hampton Middle School’s WhyTry? a “resiliency education program for sixth graders” ($26,000), Bridgehampton School’s Positive Behavioral Supports and Intervention Program ($20,000), East Hampton High School’s “early intervention program for kids dealing with depression, bullying, et cetera” ($5,000), and a BuildOn trip to Nepal ($15,000) for 19 East Hampton High School students in February. Last year, Paddlers for Humanity underwrote a similar cultural exchange trip to Senegal.
In related news, the third of Main Beach Surf and Sport’s S.U.P. series — the Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink, which raises money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation — is to be held at Sag Harbor’s Havens Beach at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“We’ve already got 150, many of them women, signed up,” Svanberg said Monday. “That’s all we can handle — the registration’s been cut off.”
There will be 3 and 6-mile races at Havens Beach. That evening there will be a fund-raising party at Richard and Lisa Perry’s house on North Haven.
The event’s co-chair, Maria Baum, a breast cancer survivor, mother of four, and a partner in the Tutto Il Giorno restaurants, “took on paddleboarding as an exuberant activity to help her cope with the disease,” according to a release, which added that she and Richard Perry will be among those paddleboarding Saturday.
Svanberg said that “$1.2 million was raised last year — quite something for a single event.”