Great Peconic Race

Great Peconic Race is an expedition paddle race circumnavigating Shelter Island, NY, located between the North and South Forks of Long Island. The race honors Ted Baldwin’s love for the bays and proceeds will be donated in support of the Rogue Wave Foundation's work to help East End children build confidence and self esteem. (see Race History for more information).

This is an advanced recreational and elite race open to all seaworthy craft powered by oar or paddle. Participants can expect open bay conditions, including at times strong currents and any host of wind/wave conditions. Half course and relay options are also available. There is no rain date; alternate courses are in place should there be rough or foggy conditions.

Safety First

While we will have power boat escorts, EMT’s and ground truck support, there will be extended periods of time that you are on your own and must be prepared to be independent and self sufficient. Basic safety gear and day provisions are required of all participants.

A Paddle for Ted

My brother Ted grew up in North Sea on Little Peconic Bay where he lived for the water. Ted loved to test the limits of his abilities, imagination and Mother Nature's patience and he always dared us to have as much fun as possible!

Ted was a true waterman, there wasn’t a sport, activity or an element of nature that he had not tried or loved to do. From designing a slalom course in Scallop Pond, our favorite ski hang out, to water ski jumps, hobbie catting around Robin’s Island, jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, wake boarding and, John Anderson’s (the Bay Constable at the time) favorite, “The human catapult.” Someone had to feed the fish.

Ted built bonfires on the beach most nights and often enjoyed the waters at night during full moon cruises in our boat or paddling in the back channels of North Sea. Ted would dig for clams or cherry stones or crab for blue claws in Davis creek in from of our house, and at night my pop would take us for lantern walks to Town Point telling us ghost stories. Ted even got a few good rounds in at National Golf Links on Great Peconic Bay with his dad.

Ted had very little fear when it came to his abilities or whatever Mother Nature could through at him. This confidence was put to the greatest test as he battled a disease that eventually physically took Ted away from us.

This race is to honor Ted’s love for these waters he had so many adventures and fun on, the distance to honor his endurance, and to support the Rogue Wave Foundation and the same passion they hope to inspire in our youth.

Rogue Wave Foundation

This is a new foundation which is currently in development.

Date and Time

Great Peconic Race – Sunday September 14th, 2014. 

Registration information should be submitted online before Friday, September 12th.  Check-in begins at 7:00 am on Sunday and the first launch will be at 8:30 am.

The race course will begin and end at Wades Beach on the south side of Shelter Island.

Individual or 2 person relay teams are welcome to compete.

  • 19 miles full course
  • 10 miles half course
  • Relay approximately  – 10 miles (1st leg)  -  9 miles (2nd leg)

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Donald D'amato1Sea Kayak50+Guy
Fergus Sloan2SUP 14'18-49Guy
Mike Navarra3SUP 14'50+Guy
William Baldwin4SUP 14'50+Guy
Ron Herrmann6Sea Kayak50+Guy
Howard Bergesen7Sea Kayak50+Guy
John Lagrassa8Surfski Single50+Guy
Mark Webber9Surfski Single50+Guy
Bob Capellini10Surfski Single50+Guy
Shawna Macnamara11SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Peter Mccarthy12Surfski Single50+Guy
Genevieve Spellman13Surfski Single18-49Girl
Marc Johnson14Surfski Single18-49Guy
Peter Farrar15Sea Kayak50+Guy
Stephanie Shideler16SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Alexander Jackson17SUP 14'18-49Guy
Carol Choi18OC-118-49Girl
Kenneth T Walls19OC-150+Guy
Colin Mullen20Sea Kayak50+Guy
Dara Mullen21Sea Kayak50+Girl
Roger Gocking22Sea Kayak50+Guy
Mary Scheerer23SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Peter Johnson24SUP 14'18-49Guy
Carl Groth25SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Jay Damuck27Sea Kayak50+Guy
Ian Berger28SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Edmonds Bafford29SUP 14'18-49Guy
Christopher Alexander30Sea Kayak50+Guy
Michelle Schott31SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Kai Sturmann33Open50+Guy
David Lapham34Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Theo Panagopoulos36Sea Kayak50+Guy
Bruce Ruiz37SUP 14'18-49Guy
Bob Stearns38SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kevin Woodin39SUP 14'18-49Guy
Shari Hymes40SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Leo Imperial41SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Alfred Baldwin42Sea Kayak50+Guy
Alex Bluedorn43SUP 14'18-49Guy
Peter Levenson, Pamela Sweeney44OC-250+Guy
Tom Kerr45Surfski Single18-49Guy
Marc Selter48SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kevin Blagys51SUP 14'18-49Guy
Taylor Resnick52SUP 14'18-49Guy
Steve Delgaudio53Surfski Single50+Guy
Jose Fernandez54Sea Kayak50+Guy
David Hoffman55Sea Kayak50+Guy
Mark Ceconi56Surfski Single50+Guy
Jeremy Grosvenor58OC-118-49Guy
Edward Simovich59SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jack Egan61SUP 14'18-49Guy
Bob Arnot62SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Benjamin Demarchelier63SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Curtis Parker64OC-150+Guy
Hoffman Jim65Surfski Single50+Guy
Nick Denning66Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Kevin Harrington68Sea Kayak50+Guy
Mark Preece69SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Armann Gretarsson71SUP 14'18-49Guy
Rowan Sampson74Surfski Single50+Guy
Gregory Belmont76SUP 14'18-49Guy
Rick Drew79SUP 14'50+Guy
Sinead Fitzgibbon, Dennis Loebs80SUP Unl. (2 Person)18-49Girl
Stepheng Allen81SUP 14'50+Guy
Mark Coleman82Sea Kayak50+Guy
Justin Schwartz84Prone (All)18-49Guy
Stephen Tarpinian87SUP 14'50+Guy
Thomas Mcglade88SUP 14'50+Guy
Austin Kieffer90Surfski Single18-49Guy
Christian Langendal91OC-118-49Guy
Denis Harrington5Sea Kayak50+Guy
Sandra Dowd26SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jennifer Keller32SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Cate Rogers35SUP Surfboard50+Girl
Kathleen King46Sea Kayak50+Girl
Gail Kotowski47SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Philip Matthews49SUP 12'6"50+Guy
David Mahoney50SUP 12'6"U17Guy
Eliza Gatfield57SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Joe Connolly60SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jeff Thayer67Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Roxane Robinson70SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Ned Oakley72SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Diego Mamani73Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Austin Handler75SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Bill Peters77SUP 14'18-49Guy
Craig Stepnowski78SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Rebecca Stearns83SUP 14'50+Girl
Deno Fischer85SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Anitra Bareikis86SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Mary Dickson89Sea Kayak50+Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


The race course will start and end in front of Wades Beach on Shelter Island. The course will proceed in a counter-clockwise direction to the south-southeast, and encompass a complete circumnavigation of Shelter Island, a total distance estimated at 19 miles. Chase boats and timing will finish after 7 hours. All paddlers will be asked to paddle to a designated extraction point and be transported back to Wades Beach via our support vehicle if they haven't finished by that time.

Participants may elect to paddle half the course –  about 10 miles – or team up in a two person relay, breaking the course up into two legs. The first relay leg will end at Menhaden Lane and the second leg ends at Wades Beach.

Weather conditions will be assessed on race day to determine whether an alternate course is needed.

Alternate 1: Partial Course, West Side: Should there be heavy east or northeast winds, we will modify the standard course to a west side partial circumnavigation. The course will run Wades Beach clockwise to Hiberry Lane and back, finishing at Wades Beach.

Alternate 2: Partial Course, East Side: Should there be heavy west or southwest winds, we will modify the standard course to a west side partial circumnavigation. The course will run from the Wades Beach clockwise to the east, and finish at Menhaden Lane on the east side of Shelter Island.

Alternate 3: Is a short course in front of Wades Beach. A triangle one mile sprint, doing multi heats.

Note: All three alternate courses will be adjusted depending on weather conditions.

Tides and Sunset
The following tide information comes from There is a normal slack tide for about 30 minutes before the incoming tide ramps. We expect to be past the South Ferry before the tides are a problem for intermediate SUP paddlers. The next area is the 1/4 mile by fishing nets at Mashomack Preserve and rounding the Point.  For kayakers, surf ski and outriggers these tides are not as much a concern.

Sunday 14, 2014
Cedar Point 8:43 am low
Sag Harbor 9:04 am low
Long Beach 10:00 am low


From New York City on North Fork:

Take the Long Island Expressway to last exit, number 73 in Riverhead. When you come off that exit, you will be heading east on County Road 58. County Road 58 becomes Route 25 on the other side of Riverhead. It is about a 45 minute drive from the end of the expressway to Greenport. In Greenport you will pass the High School on the left side. Within 2 blocks – on the right side – you will see markers for Route 114 and Shelter Island Ferry. Follow those markers – down a side street – to the ferry landing. Follow directions below “From North Ferry.”

From the South Fork:

Take the Long Island Expressway to the Sunrise Highway (Route 27). The Sunrise Highway turns into County Road 39. North onto Sandy Hollow Road (look for sign to Sag Harbor) to North Sea Road, then right onto Noyack Road. Left at The Waterside Condominiums onto Long Beach Road (which turns into Route 114 at the circle). Take 114 to the end, South Ferry Landing. Follow directions below “From South Ferry.”

From New England:

Take the Cross Sound Ferry (reservations required, call 1-631-323-2525) from New London, CT to Orient Point, then Route 25 to Greenport-Shelter Island Ferry.

When you arrive on Shelter Island…

From North Ferry:

When you exit the ferry, you will be on Route 114 South. Follow 114 South for estimated 3.5 miles, make right on S Midway Road for another 0.55 miles. On left is Wades Beach.
From South Ferry:

When you exit the ferry, you will be on Route 114 North. Follow Route 114 North approximately 0.75 miles, and make a left onto S Midway Road for 0.55 miles. On left is Wades Beach.


Sep 14, 2014


Shelter Island, NY