PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The environmental group Save the Bay is altering the course for its 37th annual bay swim because of federal budget cuts.
The event attracts hundreds of swimmers every year, and is one of the longest-running open-water charitable swims in the country.
It usually starts at Naval Station Newport and ends across the east passage of the bay in Jamestown. That course was not possible this year because of automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester, which made the station unable to host.
Save the Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone says the course for this year's swim scheduled for July 20 will start and end at Potter Cove in Jamestown. Swimmers will follow a 1.7 nautical mile course, the same length as the traditional course that crosses the bay.