Great Peconic Race 2015

Great Peconic Race is an expedition paddle race circumnavigating beautiful 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 Peconic Baykeeper, a 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Eastern Long Island’s drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters.

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.

We are very proud to announce that this year's race will host the East Coast Surfski Championships.

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 Peconic Baykeeper organization.  

Date and Time

Great Peconic Race – Sunday September 20th, 2015. 

Registration information should be submitted online before Friday, September 18th.  Check-in begins at 7:00 am on Sunday, there will be a mandatory captains' meeting at 8:30 am, and the first launch will be at 9:00 am.  

Online registration will be ending at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.  Onsite registrations are limited and will be terminated by 8:00 am.   Cash only please for payment onsite.

All racers must be off the course by 4:00 pm.  The event will end at 5:00 pm.  

After-race Party tickets cannot be purchased at the race.  To purchase online, you must register through Paddle Guru.  

The full race course (about 19.5 miles) will begin and end at Wades Beach on the south side of Shelter Island. The short race course (about 6 miles) will begin at Wades and end at Crescent Beach on the West side of Shelter Island. 

Individual or 2 person relay teams are welcome to compete.

  • 19 miles full course
  • 6 miles short course

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Mike Navarra1SUP 14'50+Guy
Donald D'amato2Sea Kayak50+Guy
Shawna Macnamara3SUP 14'18-49Girl
David Hoffman4Sea Kayak50+Guy
John Zeigler6OC-150+Guy
Bruce Ruiz8SUP 14'18-49Guy
Tom Speechley9Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Sandra Dowd10SUP 14'18-49Girl
Robert Carpenter11SUP 14'18-49Guy
James Meehan12SUP 14'18-49Guy
Colin Mullen13Sea Kayak50+Guy
Thomas Kempner14SUP 14'50+Guy
Jim Kowalski15Surfski Single50+Guy
Bob Capellini16Surfski Single50+Guy
Eric Mcnett, Pam Boteler17Surfski Double18-49Mixed
Carl Groth18SUP 14'50+Guy
Dara Mullen19Sea Kayak50+Girl
Kenneth T Walls20OC-150+Guy
Jose Fernandez21Sea Kayak50+Guy
Colin Savage22OC-118-49Guy
Kim Reilly23SUP 14'50+Girl
Edmonds Bafford24SUP 14'18-49Guy
Howard Bergesen25Sea Kayak50+Guy
Michael Maronich26Surfski Single50+Guy
Kevin Woodin28SUP 14'18-49Guy
John Judge30SUP 14'18-49Guy
Bill Peters31SUP 14'50+Guy
Curtis Parker32OC-150+Guy
Mary Scheerer34SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Dennis Parkinson35Surfski Single18-49Guy
Roxane Robinson36SUP 14'50+Girl
Keith Attisano37SUP 14'18-49Guy
Roger Gocking39Sea Kayak50+Guy
Jan Lupinski40Surfski Single18-49Guy
Andrew Lanes41SUP 14'50+Guy
Stephanie Shideler43SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Alexander Jackson44SUP 14'18-49Guy
Cromwell Coulson45SUP 14'18-49Guy
Timothy Dwyer47Surfski Single50+Guy
Anthony Tramontano48Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Lynne Basileo50Sea Kayak50+Girl
Pamela Sweeney, Peter Levenson51SUP Unl. (2 Person)50+Girl
Peter Mccarthy55Surfski Single50+Guy
Gary Rancourt58SUP 14'50+Guy
Greg Lesher59Surfski Single18-49Guy
Jesse Lishchuk60Surfski Single18-49Guy
Yuval Lavy62SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Leo Palumbo63Sea Kayak50+Guy
Alice Deupree66Open50+Girl
Elia Alonso70Sea Kayak18-49Girl
David Robbins71Sea Kayak50+Guy
Paul Pugliese73Open50+Guy
Terry Kent74SUP 14'50+Guy
Michael Painter75SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Veronica Ribot-canales76SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Tony Soukhaseum77OC-118-49Guy
Mark Webber78Sea Kayak50+Guy
Mark Ceconi, Steve Delgaudio79Surfski Double50+Guy
Shari Hymes80SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Ron Herrmann81Sea Kayak50+Guy
Tim Wood82SUP 14'18-49Guy
James Preston83SUP 14'18-49Guy
Chris Czartosieski84SUP 14'18-49Guy
Edwin Dowling85SUP 14'18-49Guy
Alfred Baldwin86Sea Kayak50+Guy
Jim Hoffman87Surfski Single50+Guy
Mary Beth Gangloff88Surfski Single18-49Girl
Gary Williams89Open18-49Mixed
Robin Francis90Open50+Mixed
Bob Arnot91SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Bogdan Kordulski92OC-118-49Guy
Alex Bluedorn93SUP 14'18-49Guy
Josette Lata94SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Kirk Olsen95Sea Kayak50+Guy
Bill Kuklinski96Sea Kayak50+Guy
Austin Kieffer97Surfski Single18-49Guy
Rick Drew98SUP 14'50+Guy
Ben Booth99Open18-49Guy
Pino Daddi100Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Sinclair Im101Surfski Single18-49Guy
Anthony Rubano102Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Maureen Roeber103SUP 14'18-49Girl
Larry Costantino104Sea Kayak50+Guy
Ann Welker105SUP 14'50+Girl
Sinead Fitzgibbon106Open18-49Girl
Bob Nugent107Surfski Single50+Guy
Jennifer Gatz109Open18-49Girl
Abbey Sangmeister112SUP 14'18-49Girl
Thomas Hart113SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Philip Katz115SUP 14'50+Guy
Dennis Loebs116Open50+Guy
Biddle Duke117SUP 14'50+Guy
Mark Preece118SUP 12'6"50+Guy
David Gatz121SUP 14'50+Guy
Lisa Chen124Open18-49Mixed
James Perry126Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Daniel Curro129Open18-49Mixed
Ray Yuen131OC-150+Guy
Benjamin Demarchelier132SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Brent Beck133Open18-49Mixed
Kevin Cheung134Open18-49Mixed
John Shaka135SUP 14'50+Guy
Vicky Lowe137SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Lom Sookus139SUP 14'18-49Guy
Timothy Reistetter141SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ken Boyle142SUP 14'18-49Guy
Camille Splain143SUP 14'18-49Girl
Ben Smith144SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ernie Alvarez145SUP 14'50+Guy
Orion Mims146SUP 14'18-49Guy
Julie Rwan147Open18-49Girl
Larry Liquori149Open50+Guy
Lars Svanberg150SUP 14'18-49Guy
Cate Rogers5SUP 12'6"50+Girl
William Baldwin7SUP 14'50+Guy
Mary Schafer27Sea Kayak50+Girl
Edwin Mangual29Sea Kayak50+Guy
Kathleen King33Sea Kayak50+Girl
Chris Dowling38SUP 14'18-49Guy
Gail Kotowski42SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Alexa Suess46SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Linda Mccarthy49Surfski Single50+Girl
Andrew Kaplan52SUP 14'18-49Guy
Paul Robinson53Sea Kayak50+Guy
Peter Farrar54Surfski Single50+Guy
Carrie Shapiro56SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Fergus Sloan57Prone (All)18-49Guy
Jessica Osborne61SUP Unlimited18-49Girl
Kim Nalepinski64SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jeff Behm65Sea Kayak50+Guy
Tim Morey67SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Lisa Pevaroff-cohn68SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Jeff Thayer69Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Katherine Malloy72SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Josette Lata94SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Karen Mcglade108SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Megan Pfeiffer110OC-118-49Girl
Amanda Li111OC-118-49Girl
Kevin Wong114OC-118-49Guy
Kevin Metkiff119SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jackson Rung-wile120SUP 12'6"U17Guy
Michael Parkinson122Sea Kayak50+Guy
Craig Stepnowski123SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Christopher Chin125OC-118-49Guy
Liz Joyce127SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Dianne Leverrier128SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jennifer Place130SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
James Cummings136SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Laura Mannes138SUP 12'6"50+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 clockwise direction to the southwest-northwest, and encompass a complete circumnavigation of Shelter Island, a total distance estimated at 19.5 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 a shorter course –  about 6 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.

Note: Courses may be adjusted depending on weather conditions.

Tides and Sunrise/Sunset Times

Noyac Bay - Sunday Sep 20, 2015
4:41 AMHigh2.1
11:01 AMLow0.8
4:59 PMHigh2.5
11:50 PMLow0.6 
Shelter Island Sound, Cedar Point - Sunday Sep 20, 2015
3:20 AMHigh2.3
9:44 AMLow0.8
3:38 PMHigh2.8
10:33 PMLow0.6
Greenport, Sunday Sep 20, 2015
3:40 AMHigh2.2
10:06 AMLow0.8
3:58 PMHigh2.6
10:55 PMLow0.6

Sunrise: 6:34am  ---  Sunset: 6:52pm


Please note the following two important items: 

  • Google Maps' directions to Wades Beach, Shelter Island, NY are currently incorrect!   Those directions actually take you to the wrong beach (known as Shell Beach) -- which is a long distance by car from Wades.  If, instead, you enter the location as 114 S. Midway Rd., Shelter Island, NY, you will be taken to the correct Wades Beach.

  • The Mighty Hamptons Triathlon is being held on the same day (9/20) in Noyac and Sag Harbor on Long Island's South Fork, with the first triathletes beginning their swim at 6:40 am on Long Beach (Foster Memorial Town Beach).  Although we've been assured no roads will be closed, there will likely be significant delays Sunday morning on Noyac and Long Beach Roads.  So, if you're coming from the Hamptons, you can avoid the Long Beach area by going through Sag Harbor.  If you're coming from Riverhead or points west, consider coming via the North Fork ---- through Greenport ---- on an early Greenport-to-Shelter Island ferry (first boat @ 6:00 am).  

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 20, 2015


Shelter Island, NY