Updates





THE SWIM WAS SUCCESSFUL!!! 
Thank you to our many sponsors, donors and friends for their contributions to this event.  I will continue to publish post-event updates as they come in.
 
September 30, 2015
 
The Providece Journal wrote about the day's events.
 
 
September 22, 2015
 
The swim will begin in the northwest corner of Fort Adams.  Follow the road until it ends and its only a 150 yard walk to the sign on the left.  The 7:00 and 9:00 boats will depart from the dock pictured on the right.  It is the last row of docks on Fort Adams before you reach the starting point.
  
  
 
 
September 18, 2015
The swimmer support boat schedule is listed below.  Swimmers can join any of these boats and hop into the swim or just enjoy they ride.  Boats will return you to your starting point 2 or 4 hours after departure.
 
Location Departure
   
Fort Adams Dock 7:00
Fort Adams Dock 9:00
   
3rd Beach Boat Launch 11:00
3rd Beach Boat Launch 1:00
   
100 Riverside Dr. Tiverton 3:30
100 Riverside Dr. Tiverton 5:30
 
 
 
 
September 11, 2015
The course schedule is here.  Next week I will post the times and locations where boats will be available to pick up and drop off during the swim.
  Timeline
  Aggressive Expected Slow
Fort Adams 7:00 7:00 7:00
Brenton Point 8:20 8:23 8:25
Boat House Gully 9:15 9:20 9:25
Sachuest Point 10:50 11:00 11:10
Fogland Point 13:50 14:10 14:30
Stone Bridge 15:40 16:03 16:26
Sakonnet Rail Bridge 16:07 16:31 16:55
Common Fence Point 16:40 17:05 17:30
Mt. Hope Bridge 17:50 18:20 18:50
North Dyer Island 19:40 20:16 20:52
Coddington Point 22:07 22:52 23:38
Newport Bridge 22:50 23:37 0:28
Goat Island Bridge 23:12 0:00 0:52
Bowen's Wharf 23:30 0:20 1:15
 
 
 
September 8, 2015
 
ABC6 news ran a piece on me.  If I'd known they were going to do a close up of my back I'd have manscaped a little.
 
 
 
August 14, 2015
 
I was recently interviewed on WADK by Dave Rogers and Gail Alofsin.  You can learn interesting facts like what to feed a tired swimmer who requires 8,000 calories to complete his event, what tasks I expect my angel swimmers to perform for me and how a Seal Team will help me at Zero Dark Thirty.
 
 
 
 
July 24, 2015
Reconaissance mission revealed a significant number of fishing traps located just south of Bellevue Avenue mansions in Newport.  Reports from the US Coast Guard read that numerous sharks are caught in these traps each month.

Quint: What d'ya have there - a portable shower or a monkey cage?

Hooper: Anti-Shark cage.

Quint: Anti-shark cage. You go inside the cage?

[Hooper nods]

Quint: Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.

[sings]

Quint: Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again.

 

July 20, 2015
Captain Bob Preston conducted a rendezvous mission along the west side of Aquidneck Island down to Newport.  He came across this mussel farm just off Dyer Island, which is not on his charts.  We expect to hit this farm around 9:00pm in the pitch dark.  I'm glad we found it ahead of time as I would have been torn to shreds by the shells.  Then again, with a little horseradish in hand I may have enjoyed the stopover.
 
July 18, 2015
 
The chop on Saturday was 1-2 feet every 1.5 seconds. Translated into cycling terms my four hour swim had over 15,000 feet of climbing.  I'm pleased that I was able to keep my stroke rate consistent throughout the entire workout.  The link below details graphically how intimate I am becoming with the Barrington Beach shoreline.  I need a bigger place to swim. 
 
 
July 14, 2015
 
This little 3-foot guy washed up along Easton's Beach (1st Beach) in Newport last night.  That would be at mile 6 of the swim.  I guess that's one less water friend to worry about.  I hope he doesn't have a big brother looking for revenge!
 
 
 
 
September 9, 2012 - This article relates to the Back to Block event in 2012.
 
Man’s epic swim benefits charity
 
Trent Theroux swims the backstroke from Point Judith to the Block Island shore
By RICHARD SALIT JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A Barrington man swam the backstroke from Point Judith Light to the shore of Block Island on Saturday, undeterred by large swells kicked up by Leslie, the hurricane downgraded to a tropical storm.

The added challenge of the storm was only fitting. After all, the inspiration for Trent Theroux’s unprecedented feat was overcoming a devastating back injury from a boating accident that left him temporarily paralyzed 10 years ago. His “Back to Block” swim was a fundraiser for spinal-cord injury victims.

Battling waves that perpetually blocked any view of the island, Theroux, 44, had to labor nearly 1½ hours longer than he had anticipated

“We are going to attempt to be the first to swim from Point Judith to Block Island entirely backstroke,” he said before gingerly wading into the breakers on a rocky beach at the lighthouse. “Hopefully, in 6½ hours, we’ll land and have a good beer waiting for us.”

Coated in zinc oxide and Aquaphor to prevent chafing and sunburn, Theroux entered the water at 6:30 a.m. Escorted by kayakers and two boats, he reached Sandy Point Beach on Block Island close to 2:30 p.m., about 8 hours later. A support boat brought him to Old Harbor, where he jumped back in the water and, joined by about 20 swimmers there to greet him, ceremonially backstroked a few hundred yards to the beach.

Family and supporters were waiting for Theroux there, including U.S. Rep. James Langevin, who was paralyzed at 16 when a gun misfired. Langevin and about 200 people gathered at the Surf Hotel to celebrate The-roux’s arrival.

“I’m thrilled. I was touched by the support,” said The-roux, adding that some islanders who had heard of his attempt were at the island’s North Light cheering him on.

“It was challenging. I had the crap kicked out of me today,” he said. “The swells were about five or six feet. They came from two directions, the south and the east. The challenge for me was breathing. I’d get hit by something and be two feet underwater.”

But Theroux remained upbeat, said Jay Macliver, a Barrington friend at the helm of one of the boats that accompanied Theroux. He estimated some of the waves were 8-footers.

“He was in good spirits the entire way,” said Macliver. “He was joking and teasing people.”

Devoted to completing the swim essentially unassisted, the only help Theroux received was navigation provided by his motor escort and food and water handed to him by kayakers every 30 minutes. As he fatigued, he took breaks while treading water every 15 minutes.

Strong northerly currents at the tip of the island made the final leg of the swim particularly difficult, pushing him about two miles off his 12-mile course.

“I’m looking forward to the ferry ride home and a nap,” he said during the boarding for the return to the mainland.

In 2002, Theroux was kayaking in the dark in Narragansett Bay, off Barrington’s Nayatt Point, when a motor boat ran over him. The propeller sliced him four times, severing all the major muscles on the left side of his back and cutting into five bones in his spinal column.

Unable to move both his legs and one arm, Theroux was rescued by the boaters who struck him. Initially paralyzed, due to swelling around his spinal cord, he regained the use of all of his limbs and four days later was able to stand and walk. Since then, the former Providence College swimmer has succeeded in accomplishing numerous physical feats, including Ironman distance triathlons .

But Theroux wanted to try something never before attempted while helping spinal-cord injury victims pay for things they might not otherwise be able to afford. He set a goal of raising $50,000 for RISE Above Paralysis, a Massachusetts nonprofit organization. Before Saturday, he had reached $33,000.

Theroux gained 20 pounds for the swim to help with buoyancy and body warmth. A Bristol native, he went to La Salle Academy and is the director of finance for Thielsch Engineering in Cranston.

For more information on his swim, including how to donate, visit backtoblock-  .org  . rsalit@providencejournal.com  401-277-7467


THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL/ANDREW DICKERMAN
Barrington resident Trent Theroux has zinc oxide ointment applied by his wife Saturday before he begins his swim from Point Judith Light to Block Island, backstroking in a fundraiser for spinal-cord injury victims.


THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL/ANDREW DICKERMAN
Trent Theroux begins his journey at the Point Judith Light.

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