Great Peconic Race 2016

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Race Description

The 3rd annual Great Peconic Race – “GPR” – will be an exciting adventure for all levels of paddling skill, from elite, to advanced, to intermediate, and even for novice paddlers.  All paddlable or rowable crafts are welcome to participate, including SUP, Surf Ski, OC1, OC6, Kayaks, Coastal Rowers, Prone and others. The premier 19.5 mile elite race course circumnavigates Shelter Island, beginning at Wades Beach in Noyac Bay and continues through Southold Bay, passing Greenport, and around into Gardiner's Bay, rounding the Nature Conservancy's nearly pristine 2100-acre Mashomack Preserve, passing Sag Harbor, and then returning to Wades, while battling wind, tidal currents and an occasional sea monster. We expect to have many spectators gathered on the shore around Shelter Island cheering the racers on.

This will be the first year also offering a 9-mile half course for those looking for longer "sprint" and a 3-mile course so everyone can join in on the fun.  

Shelter Island is located in the beautiful Peconic Bays between the North and South Forks of Long Island. 

The race honors Ted Baldwin’s love for the bays and proceeds this year will be donated in support of the Cornell Cooperative Marine Extension Program.

The 19.5-mile full course 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. There is no rain date; alternate courses are in place should there be rough or foggy conditions.

Race Divisions

To be recognized as a race division there must be five or more crafts of the same type in a division. Other types of crafts are welcome to participate, but will not be awarded a trophy or cash prize. Cash prizes will be awarded only for the Elite 19.5 mile race.   It will be at the race committee’s discretion to add new divisions, but prizes and trophies may not be available for those new divisions.   

Safety First

While we will have power boat escorts, EMT’s and ground truck support, there will be extended periods of time when you will be 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 Towd 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 the waters on which he had so many adventures and fun, with the distance to honor his endurance, while supporting Cornell's Cooperative Marine Extension Program in Suffolk County.

Date and Time

Great Peconic Race – Saturday September 10th, 2016. 

Registration information should be submitted online before Friday, September 3rd.  Check-in begins at 7:00 am on Saturday 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.

Individuals or 2 person relay teams are welcome to compete.

  • 19.5 miles long course (timed) Cash prizes awarded
  • 9 miles short course (timed)
  • 3 miles course (timed)

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Donald D'amato1Sea Kayak50+Guy
Stephen Ahearn3Sea Kayak50+Guy
Sandra Dowd4SUP 14'18-49Girl
William Baldwin5SUP 14'50+Guy
Bill Peters6SUP 14'50+Guy
David Hoffman7Sea Kayak50+Guy
Colin Mullen8Sea Kayak50+Guy
Jose Fernandez10Sea Kayak50+Guy
Dara Mullen11Sea Kayak50+Girl
Thomas Kempner12SUP 14'50+Guy
Kai Sturmann13Rowing Single50+Guy
Kevin Stiegelmaier14Sea Kayak18-49Guy
John Judge15SUP 14'18-49Guy
Robert Carpenter16SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jonathan Meyer17SUP Unlimited18-49Guy
Paulo Kaiser18SUP 14'18-49Guy
Cherryl Bradley21SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Cromwell Coulson22SUP 14'50+Guy
Chris Czartosieski23SUP 14'18-49Guy
Yuval Lavy24SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Edmonds Bafford26SUP 14'18-49Guy
Julie Munaco27SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Alexa Suess28SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Shawna Macnamara29SUP 14'18-49Girl
Colin Savage30OC-118-49Guy
Josette Lata31SUP 14'18-49Girl
Eddie Brennan32Sea Kayak50+Guy
Mary Scheerer33SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Shari Hymes34Sea Kayak50+Girl
Curtis Parker35OC-150+Guy
George Buchholz36Surfski Single50+Guy
Roxane Robinson37SUP 14'50+Girl
Eliza Gatfield38Surfski Single18-49Girl
Bob Capellini39Surfski Single50+Guy
Jim Kowalski41Surfski Single50+Guy
Stephan Petrov42SUP 14'18-49Guy
Howard Bergesen43Sea Kayak50+Guy
Michael Maronich44Surfski Single50+Guy
Stephanie Shideler45SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Randall York47Rowing Single50+Guy
Peter Farrar49Sea Kayak50+Guy
Gary Rancourt51SUP 14'50+Guy
Eric Mcnett54Surfski Single50+Guy
Mark Preece55SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Bogdan Kordulski56OC-118-49Guy
Tim Wood59SUP 14'18-49Guy
Lawrence Goldstein62SUP 14'50+Guy
Anthony Rubano67Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Dennis Loebs69Rowing Single50+Guy
Steve Delgaudio, Jim Hoffman70Surfski Double50+Guy
Jean Cawley71Sea Kayak18-49Girl
Dominic Stiller72Sea Kayak50+Guy
Ron Herrmann74Sea Kayak50+Guy
Mark Ceconi, Timothy Dwyer76Surfski Double50+Guy
Jesse Lishchuk77Surfski Single18-49Guy
Peter Johnson78SUP 14'18-49Guy
Julieta Gismondi80SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Richard Byrne81SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Mark Webber83Sea Kayak50+Guy
Erin Heisel85Sea Kayak18-49Girl
Alexander Jackson89SUP 14'50+Guy
Sinead Fitzgibbon91Rowing Single18-49Girl
William Costello92Rowing Single50+Guy
Billy Swezey Jr93SUP 14'18-49Guy
Bob Arnot95SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Keith Attisano96SUP 14'18-49Guy
James Dietz97Rowing Single18-49Guy
Carlos Hernandez100SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Maureen Roeber102SUP 14'50+Girl
Elizabeth Condren104Open18-49Girl
James Perry105Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Ben Booth106Rowing Single18-49Guy
Rachael Sweeney108Open50+Girl
Ben Smith109SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jeff Cowley110Surfski Single18-49Guy
Carl-henrik Bengtsson113SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jack Egan114SUP 14'50+Guy
Terence Omalley116SUP 14'18-49Guy
Orion Mims119SUP 14'18-49Guy
Andrew Lanes121SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Andrew Dima131SUP 14'18-49Guy
Gully Siegel137SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Sammy Crooke138SUP 14'18-49Guy
James Preston139SUP 14'18-49Guy
Fergus Sloan2Prone (All)18-49Guy
Kenneth T Walls9OC-150+Guy
Maja Sliwinski19Open18-49Girl
Scott Feierstein20SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Kathleen King40Sea Kayak50+Girl
Jim Harmon48Sea Kayak50+Guy
Brian Oleary50Sea Kayak50+Guy
Marilyn Deluca52Sea Kayak50+Girl
John Rotrosen53Sea Kayak50+Mixed
Jeff Thayer57Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Denis Harrington58Sea Kayak50+Guy
Edwin Mangual60Sea Kayak50+Guy
Kim Nalepinski65SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Brent Haney66SUP 14'50+Guy
Tim Morey68SUP 14'50+Guy
Alfred Baldwin73Sea Kayak50+Guy
Jessica Osborne82SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Katherine Malloy84SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Carl Groth87SUP 14'50+Guy
Christopher Alexander90Sea Kayak50+Guy
Paul Griffin94SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ben Yetman98SUP 14'18-49Guy
Gail Kotowski99SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Noriko Okaya101SUP 14'18-49Girl
Nicole Eskandar103SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Mike Navarra112SUP 14'50+Guy
Ann Welker117SUP 14'50+Girl
Eloise Barnum122SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Brigid Flanagan123SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Val Florio124SUP 14'50+Guy
Will Yandell126SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jeff Regis127SUP 14'18-49Guy
Gaston Galinanes129SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jennifer Hung133SUP 14'18-49Girl
Kaity Wong134SUP 14'18-49Girl
Angus Goble135SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Cody Williams140SUP 14'18-49Guy
Daniel Rush46All18-49Guy
Anthony Tramontano61All18-49Guy
Jac Citera63All50+Guy
Jackson Rung-wile64AllU17Guy
Jeff Orsino75All18-49Guy
Karen Goerl79All18-49Mixed
William Leeds86All50+Guy
Richard Suess88All50+Guy
Cathy Cosgrove107All18-49Girl
Susan Petrie111All50+Girl
Jessica Bellofatto115All18-49Girl
Joan Fiden118All50+Girl
Kimberly Schamber120All18-49Girl
Leila Yandell125All18-49Girl
Richard Levine128All50+Guy
Maureen Pfeiffer130All18-49Girl
Zahra Sherzad132All18-49Girl
Sherri Tiesi136All18-49Girl
Jessy Nees141All18-49Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

All race courses will start and end in front of Wades Beach on Shelter Island.  Assuming the wind is favorable, the elite course will proceed in a clockwise direction to the west, 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 (timed) course of about 9 miles, with trophies/prizes, or an untimed recreational course of about 3 miles --- without trophies or prizes.

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 counterclockwise 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 in Noyac Bay and Sunrise/Sunset Times on Race Day

2016-09-10 Sat  6:25 AM EDT   Sunrise
2016-09-10 Sat  6:47 AM EDT    2.0 feet  High Tide
2016-09-10 Sat 12:54 PM EDT    0.8 feet  Low Tide
2016-09-10 Sat  7:05 PM EDT    2.4 feet  High Tide
2016-09-10 Sat  7:06 PM EDT   Sunset



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, Participants may also elect to paddle an untimed 3-mile recreational course, without trophies or prizesCT to Orient Point, then Route 25 to Greenport-Shelter Island Ferry.

When you arrive on Shelter Island…

From North Ferry:

When you exit the ferTry, 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 10, 2016


Shelter Island, NY