NEWPORT, R.I. — Hazardous weather conditions have forced the cancellation of the annual Save the Bay swimming and kayaking event in Narragansett Bay.

About 500 swimmers and 200 kayakers were expected to take part in the 41st annual event on Saturday.

Organizers cited a small craft advisory issued by the National Weather Service, which says wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions.

The event raises money for the Save the Bay group’s educational programs, habitat restoration work and advocacy efforts.

Parts of the east passage of Narragansett Bay were expected to be closed Saturday as swimmers and kayakers navigated the 1.7-mile route from Newport to Jamestown.

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