Sports Briefs 09.15.16

Local Sports Notes

Great Peconic Race

Sinead FitzGibbon, encountered Sunday morning as she ran a group of running students through their paces at East Hampton High School’s track, reported that the Great Peconic paddling race around Shelter Island the day before had drawn 139 competitors — most on stand-up paddleboards, with some in coastal rowers and Surf Skis. “It began at Wade’s Beach and we went counterclockwise around the island — 19.5 miles in all”

Ben Booth of Westport, Mass., was the coastal rowing boat winner, with James Dietz of Hadley, Mass., the runner-up, FitzGibbon said. Both, she added, are to compete in the world championships in Monaco in a double six weeks hence. “It’s only a 6K course there, but it’s rough ocean water.”

Organized by William Baldwin in memory of his late brother, Ted, “a true waterman,” the race benefited the Cornell Cooperative Marine Extension program.


Flag Football

Teresa Schirrippa played for the United States in last week’s world flag football championships in Hollywood, Fla. The women’s team, which went 3-3 over all, finished fifth in a strong 11-team field led by Panama. The U.S. men won, defeating Denmark 33-32 in the gold medal game.