Coastal Team Challenge
An Inspirational Long Island Coastal Adventure
The August 2-3, 2016 Coastal Team Challenge
The 2016 Coastal Team Challenge from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports brought together teams of developmentally and physically disabled and able-bodied athletes for a two-day, 20 nautical mile, non-competitive sea kayak journey along the beautiful coast of Long Island, New York. Paddling by hand and by foot pedal along the island’s southern coast, camping out under the stars and working together, teams overcame obstacles and challenges, eliminated barriers for participating adaptive athletes and inspired those who are able-bodied.
Five teams of four persons participated in the 2016 Challenge, each team using two-person kayaks, matching an adaptive and able-bodied athlete. Independent Group Home Living Program, a non-profit organization that provides programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential as human beings and contributing members of their communities, organized each participating team.
The 2016 Challenge began with breakfast at the Patchogue Beach Club in Patchogue, New York. Following breakfast, the teams launched and traveled east for Bellport and the Bellport Bay Yacht Club for lunch. Teams used two-person double kayaks along the Long Island coast to pedal and paddle the 12 nautical miles to Smith Point County Park. At Smith Point, the teams camped and had dinner on the beach. The following morning, the teams launched again, and traveled east eight nautical miles to East Moriches. At the Challenge finish on the afternoon of August 3, the teams and their friends and families joined together for a pig roast and celebration of their successful journey at the Water’s Edge in East Moriches, New York.
Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports sporting events, the 2016 Coastal Team Challenge emphasized teamwork and cooperation between adaptive athletes and able-bodied athletes.
The Coastal Team Challenge will return in the summer of 2017.
2016 Challenge Schedule
August 2 – 12 nautical miles
8:00 a.m. – Transport to Challenge start at Patchogue Beach Club from Waters Edge Restaurant, 215 Atlantic Ave, East Moriches, NY 11940
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast and preparation
10:00 a.m. – Departure on kayaks
12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Bellport Bay Yacht Club, Bellport
2:45 p.m. – Arrival at Smith Point County Park Camp
5:00 p.m. – Dinner and entertainment at Smith Point County Park
August 3 – 6 to 8 nautical miles
10:00 a.m. – Departure on kayaks from Smith Point County Park
1:00 p.m. – Lunch – Great Gun
3:00 p.m. – Arrival at Waters Edge Restaurant, 215 Atlantic Ave, East Moriches, NY 11940
3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Pig roast dinner and wrap-up celebration
Coastal Team Challenge Partners and Sponsors
Independent Group Home Living Program
Partner – 2016, 2015, 2014. Independent Group Home Living Program provide programs, services and support for people with intellectual disabilities so they can realize their full potential as human beings and contributing members of their community. In concert with the State of New York, community leaders and the families of those we serve, IGHL continues to develop innovative and accommodating programs, services and supports to promote the personal growth of the people we serve. IGHL seeks progressive legislation and sufficient funding in order to provide the highest quality of care, and in turn to protect the right of our constituents and their families to access appropriate care. In addition, IGHL focuses on its position as a leader in the field develop strategies to have a positive influence on the future of services for people with intellectual disabilities.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 2014. Since 1974, TimeCapital has provided clients with investment management customized to their needs, goals and tolerance for market risk. We complement this individualized investment approach with a degree of personal service that has helped us establish enduring client relationships – including many that span generations. As our founding partners welcome a new generation to our investment advisory team, we remain as committed as ever to making TimeCapital the choice for investors seeking a partner to help them create and manage wealth over the long term.
Sponsor – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2009. American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) is a full-service broker/dealer and registered FINRA/SIPC member firm, whose primary mission is to provide the best business solutions, support and services that its financial professionals require to achieve financial freedom for their clients. The firm currently has more than 800 independent investment professionals located in over 360 branch locations throughout the nation. APFS has created a decidedly competitive presence in the industry as one of the top 50 independent broker/dealers in the country. The firm offers a full range of: 1) non-proprietary investment products, 2) personal services such as insurance planning, retirement, estate and college planning, 3) full service securities brokerage through its clearing relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon firm and 4) fee based asset management services through parent company subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc. (APA), an SEC registered investment advisor.
Explore the 2016 Flickr Collection of Coastal Team Challenge digital images from Sarah Bell and Therese Martin.
Explore Van Brinson’s 2015 Coastal Team Challenge digital image collection on SmugMug.
Explore the 2014 Flickr Collection of Coastal Team Challenge digital images from MaryAnn Rosolino.
Explore the 2014 Flickr Collection of Coastal Team Challenge digital images from Alex Rohman.
Explore the 2014 Flickr Collection of Coastal Team Challenge digital images from World T.E.A.M. Sports.
Explore Van Brinson’s 2014 Coastal Team Challenge digital image collection on SmugMug.
2015 Coastal Team Challenge from American Portfolios Studio 454. Videography by Craig Poore.
Video of the 2015 Challenge by Robert Gaffney.
Along the Northwest Pacific Coast
The 2009 Coastal Team Challenge
The August 2009 Coastal Team Challenge, a Military Initiative event from World T.E.A.M. Sports, brought together Canadian and American injured troops, active duty and retired. Launching from Washington Park in Anacortes, Washington, the team used sea kayaks to travel north along the coast 82 nautical miles through Puget Sound, entering the Strait of Georgia in British Columbian waters and arriving near Vancouver. The event created international camaraderie among the athletes and provided a challenging personal experience for each participant.
Read Bob Vogel’s reports about the 2009 Coastal Team Challenge and the 2008 Vancouver Island Adventure.
Learn more about World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ 2009 Coastal Team Challenge.