09/10/18 2:16pm
BEVERLEA WALZPHOTO BillY Baldwin, left with Jeremy Samuelson, director of Mashomack Preserve accepting gift of $15,000 from the proceeds from this year’s race.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO BillY Baldwin, left with Jeremy Samuelson,
director of Mashomack Preserve accepting gift of $15,000 from the
proceeds from this year’s race.

One hundred and four participants paddled competitively in the fifth annual Great Peconic Race on Saturday, September 8. The 19-mile course around Shelter Island started and ended at Wades Beach, with kayaks, paddleboards, surf skis, OC1-OC6, coastal rowers and prone boards all represented.

The race was launched at 8:30 a.m. after a prayer was sung by members of the Shinnecock Nation, asking Gitche Manitou, or Great Spirit, to bless the racers. (more…)

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09/06/18 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Paddle boarders and kayakers will be competing this Saturday in one of America’s premier races of the season, making the 19-mile circuit around the Island.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Paddle boarders and kayakers will be competing this Saturday in one of America’s premier races of the season, making the 19-mile circuit around the Island.

One of the premier races for crafts powered by paddles makes its return this Saturday, September 8, when the fifth annual Great Peconic Race kicks off at Wades Beach. (more…)

12/20/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | A page from Billy Baldwin's children's book "Wipeout The Wave."

COURTESY PHOTO | A page from Billy Baldwin’s children’s book “Wipeout The Wave.”

The name Billy Baldwin is a familiar one on Shelter Island. Mr. Baldwin is the founder of the Great Peconic Race. The annual paddleboard race around the Island raises funds for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s  marine programs on the East End.

But what many people may not realize is the fact that Mr. Baldwin is also a children’s book author with several titles to his name, including his latest — “Wipeout the Wave,” a sea-themed picture book released by Decozen Publishing earlier this month. (more…)

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09/16/15 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Taylor Resnick, winning the men’s paddleboard division of the 2014 innaugual running of the Great Peconic Race.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Taylor Resnick, winning the men’s paddleboard division of the 2014 innaugual running of the Great Peconic Race.

What do Shelter Island, Cape Ann, Massachusetts and Camden, South Carolina have in common?

All three are places where saltwater is as much a part of the community as terra firma, and each hosts the premier events in stand up paddleboard racing. (more…)