Great Peconic Race 2017

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Race Description

The 4th 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 3rd year offering a 9-mile half course for those looking for a less painful challenge ( this course lay out may differ on race day than indicated on map)  and a 3-mile course so everyone can join in on the fun.

For the first time we will be offering a 500 yd kids race !!! This event is for children ages 12 and under. This race is free and registration is on race day and entrants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Good luck kids !    

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 9th 2017

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.

William Baldwin1OC-150+Guy
Fergus Sloan2Prone (All)18-49Guy
Kevin Stiegelmaier3Sea Kayak18-49Guy
John Judge4SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ryan Cholnoky5SUP 14'18-49Guy
Marcello Torricelli6Rowing Single50+Guy
Kevin Clune7Rowing Single50+Guy
Jean Cawley8Sea Kayak50+Girl
Bob Arnot9SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Vincent Benoit10Surfski Single18-49Guy
Thomas Kempner11SUP 14'50+Guy
Anthony Rubano12Sea Kayak50+Guy
Ben Booth13Rowing Single18-49Guy
Michael Lavee14Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Edmonds Bafford15SUP 14'18-49Guy
Chris Dowling16SUP 14'18-49Guy
Cromwell Coulson17SUP 14'50+Guy
Jill Robins18SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Dominic Stiller20Sea Kayak50+Guy
Paul Wiech22SUP 14'18-49Guy
Paul Closs23SUP 14'18-49Guy
Sinead Fitzgibbon24Rowing Single18-49Girl
Julie Munaco26SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Shari Hymes27Sea Kayak50+Girl
Mary Scheerer29SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Donald D'amato30Sea Kayak50+Guy
Alexa Suess31SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Peter Farrar32Sea Kayak50+Guy
Robert Carpenter35SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jim Kowalski36Surfski Single50+Guy
Greg Hugunin37Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Richard Byrne39SUP 14'50+Guy
Dennis Loebs40Rowing Single50+Guy
Sierra Groth41SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Brian Oleary19Open50+Guy
Joe Connolly21SUP 14'18-49Guy
Denis Harrington38Sea Kayak50+Guy
Dora Damiano25All18-49Girl
Melissa Seib28All18-49Girl
Jac Citera33All50+Guy
Ann Marie Burke34All50+Girl

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017Sun 6:23am-7:08pm. high tide 12:48am (2.93ft), low tide7:06am (0.10ft), high tide 1:14pm (3.15ft), low tide 7:44pm (0.10ft)



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 9, 2017


Shelter Island, NY