Hundreds of area residents will paddle to protect Long Island Sound in the SoundWaters Flotilla on Saturday, July 14, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Kayakers and paddle boarders will launch from Weed Beach and Cove Island Park in Stamford and paddle in a what is described as a colorful flotilla to Stamford Harbor where they will celebrate with food, music and a summer beach party.

SoundWaters will provide return transport back to participants' starting point following a morning on the water. The flotilla is sponsored by SoundWaters with support from Legg Mason Global Asset Management. SoundWaters is a non-profit focused on protecting Long Island Sound through education. Each year, the organization teaches over 32,000 students from across Connecticut about Long Island Sound. Those students will grow up to be the adults who protect Long Island Sound for generations to come. The SoundWaters Flotilla is presented by Legg Mason and supported by DownUnder, Darien Neighbors Magazine and Hey Stamford! For more details or to sign up to paddle, visit