Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race 2017

For the 17th year we are looking forward to welcoming a competitive field of racers to row or paddle the Lighthouse To Lighthouse Race along the scenic Norwalk Islands on the Connecticut shore.

We will have events on both Saturday and Sunday this year. Saturday is race day, Sunday we will host a community day with breakfast and number of clinics (surfski, sea kayak, rowing) for anyone wanting expert coaching among friends.

This year we have 2 races - 7 miles and 14 miles. Races start at 9:00am (note earlier time than last year for tide conditions) so be on the beach 2 hours in advance in order to comfortably, set up and receive safety briefing / orientation. There will be a four hour time limit on the race so that we can have everyone off the water by 1:00 p.m. Boats having trouble making it back by the deadline will be asked to accept a tow or have their boats picked up and returned to the beach.

Boat Classifications

You will be asked at time of registration to select a class and enter the name of the manufacturer and model of the boat you will be racing. Please be accurate and detailed so that we can review and confirm conformity with the selected class in advance of the race.

For paddled boats (kayaks), as is customary, we will be using the Soundrowers system of classification for paddled craft, with a few exceptions:


Sea Kayak, Fast Sea Kayak, Surfski, Surfski 20 Plus


For rowed boats we have:


- Fixed Seat Racing, Fixed Seat Touring, Sliding Seat Racing, Sliding Seat Touring, Pilot, Livery, Workboats, Whalers.


For the aloha folks:


- OC1, OC2, OC4 and OC6


Lastly, we welcome SUP paddlers both prone and standing:


- 12'6, 14 and Unlimited


Both male, female and mixed are valid, as are single and multi crewed.

Vessels of any other style or design will be classified as Open unless a 3 or more similar vessels register in order to invoke an new class.


At the conclusion of the event awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors in each boat class, gender (male, female and mixed) and crew #.


Food and Entertainment

Following the race, a beach party will be available for all racers and guests of the racers and volunteers. The party will feature Wayne's famous clam chowder and a raw bar as well as delicious food from the grill. We will also feature music and a range of craft beers in case you are thirsty. There is plenty of space and parking, bring the family for a great end of season event.

The beach party is included in the race registration, non racing guests will be asked to make a $20 donation to eat. Guest tickets can be purchased during the registration process.

Saturday Schedule (16th September)


  • 6:30-7:30am - Check in at Shady Beach
  • Get your T-shirt
  • Get Your Race Number
  • Confirm your entry
  • 8:15:00am - Attend mandatory pre-race orientation
  • 9:00am - Racing starts
  • Race to Win!
  • Eat, drink and elaborate on your performance
  • Collect your medal (if you win)
  • Brag to your friends…

Sunday Schedule (17th September) 


  • 8:45am - Breakfast
  • Surfski Technique with Jesse Lishchuk

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Christopher Quinn146Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
Chris Laughlin147Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Jim Hoffman150Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Andy Mcmarlin151Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Paul Tomblin152Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Michael Meredith153Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Chris Sherwood154Surfski Single60 And UpGuy
Wesley Echols155Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Greg Lesher156Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Igor Yeremeev157Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Timothy Dwyer158Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Steve Rankinen159Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Joe White160Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
Chris Chappell161Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Maxim Yasochka162Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Jan Lupinski163Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Greg Greene164Surfski Single60 And UpGuy
Bradley Ethington165Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Dennis Parkinson166Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
Todd Furstoss167Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Jim Kowalski168Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Kirk Olsen169Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
John Hair170Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Erik Borgnes171Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Craig Impens172Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Eric Costanzo173Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Dennis Paull174Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Howard Thorburn175Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Robert Hartman176Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Yosef Dayan177Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Rowan Sampson178Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Greg Hintz179Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Paul Facteau180Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
Nate Humberston181Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
Matt Drayer182Surfski Single40 To 49Guy
William Bellinger185Surfski Single60 And UpGuy
Mario Blackburn186Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Nick Alshayev187Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
Steve Delgaudio188Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Michael Finear203Surfski Single60 And UpGuy
Ray Fusco204Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Aleksandras Ambotas205Surfski Single60 And UpGuy
Mike Allen208Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Cliff Roach211Surfski Single50 To 59Guy
Tom Murn212Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
David Thomas272Surfski SingleUnder 40Guy
Mark Ceconi, Sean Milano202Surfski DoubleAllGuy
Joe Shaw, Douglas Howard267Surfski DoubleAllGuy
Paul Pugliese184Rowing Touring SingleAllGuy
Beatrice Weinberger213Sea KayakAllGirl
Jeff Lenihan227Rowing Workboat SingleAllGuy
Robert Russo228Rowing Touring SingleAllGuy
Mikhail Iogman231Fast Sea KayakAllGuy
Jim Tomes233Fast Sea KayakAllGuy
Michael Santella234Sea KayakAllGuy
Marshall Seddon235Sea KayakAllGuy
Chenda Cernovsky236Sea KayakAllGuy
Jonathan Trambert239Sea KayakAllGuy
Scott Misner240Sea KayakAllGuy
Ed Roche241Fast Sea KayakAllGuy
Bucky Taylor242Sea KayakAllGuy
Wayne Lysobey243Rowing Racing SingleAllGuy
Sunny Jackson245OC-1AllGirl
John Lomasney252OC-1AllGuy
Roger Crossland254OC-1AllGuy
Bill Russell257Rowing Racing SingleAllGuy
Felix Geyfman258Fast Sea KayakAllGuy
Robert Jehn266Fast Sea KayakAllGuy
Dominique Ha42SUP 12'6"AllGirl
William Cavers148Sea KayakAllGuy
Dan Murn189Surfski SingleAllGuy
Carlos Fonseca197Surfski SingleAllGuy
Ryan Bardsley201Surfski SingleAllGuy
Tom Kerr209Surfski SingleAllGuy
Tassana Landy226Rowing Racing SingleAllGirl
David Hoffer229Rowing Workboat SingleAllGuy
Linda Ensor230Rowing Racing SingleAllGirl
Bernie Stringer237Sea KayakAllGuy
Nicholas Clarke238Sea KayakAllGuy
Bianca Nigro247SUP 12'6"AllGirl
Noel Pugliese248SUP 12'6"AllGirl
Kenneth T Walls253OC-1AllGuy
William Schulze255OC-1AllGuy
Laurence Levy261SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Steve Hammer262Prone 14'AllGuy
Michele Sorensen263Sea KayakAllGirl
Joe Ervin269Sea KayakAllGuy
Jorge Gonzalez Guillot270Fast Sea KayakAllGuy
Jonathan Miller273Surfski SingleAllGuy
Will Hanson, Clint Bradley271Surfski DoubleAllGuy
Gerald Kastner, Michael Maronich275Surfski DoubleAllGuy
Nicolas Beguin, Sam Sloves216OC-2AllGuy
David Vandorpe, Andrius Zinkevichus244Fast Sea Kayak DoubleAllGuy
Marc Lessard, Paul Dyka251OC-2AllGuy
Kristina Kenyon, Anne Peterson256OC-2AllGirl
Robin Curtiss, Martin Dodd259Sea Kayak DoubleAllGuy
Megan Pfeiffer, Sharon Adamski268OC-2AllGirl
Phil Warner, Tom Tarrant250Sea Kayak DoubleAllAll
Robin Francis, Ricardo Corral264Sea Kayak DoubleAllAll
Cesar Jiminez, Russell Lazarus265Sea Kayak DoubleAllAll
Mary Beth Gangloff191Surfski SingleAllGirl
Fiona Cousins192Surfski SingleAllGirl
Leslie Chappell193Surfski SingleAllGirl
Leah Mcconaughey199Surfski SingleAllGirl
Pam Boteler210Surfski SingleAllGirl
John Costello190Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Bob Wright194Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Bill Kuklinski195Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Bob Capellini196Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Darren Crozier198Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Timmy Shields200Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Jonathan Popolow206Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Bill Ruthrauff246Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGuy
Linda Aragon183Surfski - 18ft and UnderAllGirl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

The Race Course

The course, starting at Shady Beach in Norwalk, will go around Sprite Island, then around the east side of Pecks Ledge Lighthouse and then to the south of  Goose Island and the rest of the Norwalk Islands, continuing down to Greens Ledge Lighthouse. The return is along the same course to finish in front of Shady Beach. Staggered start times will be used, grouping boats of similar style and/or speed. Racers typically finish in two to four hours.

Note that the course runs to the south of all islands. If you are rowing, all islands will be on your left on the outbound leg and on your right on the homebound leg. If you are paddling, all islands will be on your right on the outbound leg and on your left on the homebound leg. Failure to follow the course will result in disqualification.


Please carefully study the race course as published to familiarize yourself with the route, landmarks and boundaries. Arm yourself with a GPS or chart and attend the captains meeting to ensure you are appraised of the course and conditions. The Greens Ledge Turn will be COUNTER-CLOCKWISE. Be aware of your heading at all times and also respect maritime conventions when crossing boat channels.

Folks - remember "Goose Island 2012" - no gimmees' this year.

See the course map and details on the L2L website.

Directions To Race Location


Shady Beach/ Calf Pature Beach is Exit 16 off I-95 in Norwalk, CT

I-95 South – end of ramp go left

I-95 North – end of ramp go right.

Take left after cemetary, bear right

Left at monumednt/rotary

Right on Beach Road to guardhouse

Bear left into Shady Beach

Parking is free with so long as you provide your license plate number during online registration. Also free if you are a Norwalk Resident with a Sticker.

Race Rules

The principles of sportsmanship and safety govern the race. Race fairly and race within your limits.

The Race Commitee reserves the right to:

- Refuse to register any individual or boat for any reason.

- Expel or disqualify any individual or boat for lack of required equipment, unsafe operation, disregard for event rules or unsportsmanlike behavior at anytime.

- Disqualify any individual or boat who has gained an advantage by drafting any boat outside of its registered class, blocking an overtaking boat, ignoring someone in distress, or causing damage to another craft, or not navigating the course as published.

All racers participate at their own risk. Competitors will be required to agree to a waiver as part of the registration process and provide a signature on the waiver on race day.


Time Limit

The maximum time allowed to complete the course or navigate back to the start as a DNF is 4 hours. After this time you will be on the course at your own risk. If you are not at the half way point on either the 7 or 14 mile course within 2 hours you are asked to discontinue your effort and return to Shady Beach. Please consider carefully your abilities and fitness before entering the race.



PFD’s consistent with Coast Guard regulations are required for each competitor. Whistles or horns are required on each boat. Boats should have bailers, pumps or self-bailers. A backup bailer is recommended. Compasses, charts, gps units, cell phones etc. are also good to have. You should have water and/or sports drink. Hats and sunscreen should be considered.

Racers observing another vessel in trouble or requiring help must assist to the extent of their ability. Time credit and recognition will be awarded to anyone providing help to others during the event. The race organizers reserve the right to direct racers from the course and event for any reason.


See you there!


Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017


Norwalk, CT