Coastal Team Challenge

2014 Coastal Team Challenge members glide along the Long Island Coast. Photograph by Alex Rohman.

2014 Coastal Team Challenge members glide along the Long Island Coast. Photograph by Alex Rohman.

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 will bring together teams of developmentally and physically disabled and able-bodied athletes for a two-day, 22 nautical mile, non-competitive sea kayak journey along the beautiful coast of Long Island, New York. Paddling by hand and by pedal along the island’s southern coast, camping out under the stars and working together, teams will overcome obstacles and challenges, help eliminate barriers for participating disabled athletes and inspire those who are able-bodied.

2016 Coastal Team Challenge logo

Five teams of four persons will participate in the 2016 Challenge, each team using two-person kayaks, matching a disabled 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 the participating teams.

Team members in kayaks.

2014 Challenge kayak teams skirted the southern coast of Long Island. Photograph by Alex Rohman.

The 2016 Challenge will begin with breakfast at the Westhampton Beach Marina. Following breakfast, the teams left for Pike Beach at Westhampton Dunes. Teams will use two-person double kayaks along the Long Island coast to travel the ten miles to Smith Point County Park. At Smith Point, the teams will camp and have dinner on the beach. The following morning, the teams will launch again, and travel eight nautical miles to Patchogue. At the Challenge finish on the afternoon of August 3, as the teams and their friends and families will join together for a celebration of a successful journey at the Patchogue Beach Club.

Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports sporting events, the 2016 Coastal Team Challenge will emphasize teamwork and cooperation between athletes with disabilities and able-bodied athletes.

2015 Challenge Schedule

August 4 – 12 nautical miles

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast at the Westhampton Beach Marina, parking lot

8:00 a.m. – Departure on kayaks

9:30 a.m. – Rest stop – Pike Beach

12:45 p.m. – Rest stop – Smith Point County Park

3:00 p.m. – Arrival at Smith Point County Park Camp

4:00 p.m. – Dinner at Smith Point County Park

August 5 – 8 nautical miles

10:00 a.m. – Departure on kayaks from Smith Point County Park

11:00 a.m. – Rest stop – John Boyle Island

1:00 p.m. – Rest stop – Bellport Bay Yacht Club

4:00 p.m. – Arrival at the Patchogue Beach Club

4:00 p.m. – Dinner and wrap-up celebration

Coastal Team Challenge Partners and Sponsors

Independent Group Home Living Program

Independent Group Home Living Program logo.

Partner – 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.


TimeCapital logo.

Sponsor – 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.

American Portfolios Financial Services

American Portfolios logo.

Sponsor – 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.

Capital One Bank

Capital One Bank Logo

Sponsor – 2014. Capital One Financial Corporation is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $212.5 billion in deposits and $312.9 billion in total assets outstanding as of December 31, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.

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 World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Explore Van Brinson’s 2014 Coastal Team Challenge digital image collection on SmugMug.

Video of the 2015 Challenge by Robert Gaffney.

Coastal Team Challenge 2014 from Michael Gerien on Vimeo.

Long Island coastal test run.

Kayakers during the test run on the coast of Long Island in mid-July, 2014. Photograph by Alex Rohman.

Along the Northwest Pacific Coast
The 2009 Coastal Team Challenge

Coastal Team ChallengeThe 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.

2009 Coastal Team Challenge Team

The 2009 Coastal Team Challenge team stands on Jericho Beach. The team included both American and Canadian injured veterans. Photograph courtesy Lon Dolber.