Coastal Team Challenge

Beach view at the Challenge.

A panoramic view of the Long Island beach at the August 2016 Coastal Team Challenge. Photograph by Sarah Bell.

An Inspirational Long Island Coastal Adventure
The August 1-2, 2017 Coastal Team Challenge

The 2017 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, 16 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.

Coastal Team Challenge Logo 2017

Five teams of four persons will participate in the 2017 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, will organize each participating team.

Giving a thumbs-up for the Challenge.

The 2016 Coastal Team Challenge was a popular event. Photograph by Sarah Bell.

The 2017 Challenge will begin with breakfast at the Patchogue Beach Club in Patchogue, New York. Following breakfast, the teams will launch and travel east for Bellport and the Bellport Bay Yacht Club for lunch. Teams will use two-person double kayaks along the Long Island coast to pedal and paddle the 10 nautical 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 east six nautical miles to East Moriches. At the Challenge finish on the afternoon of August 2, the teams and their friends and families will join together for a pig roast and celebration of their successful journey at The Coral restaurant in East Moriches, New York.

Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports sporting events, the 2017 Coastal Team Challenge will emphasize teamwork and cooperation between adaptive athletes and able-bodied athletes.

Tentative 2017 Challenge Schedule

August 1 – 10 nautical miles

8:00 a.m. – Transport to Challenge start at Patchogue Beach Club from The Coral 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 2 – 6 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 The Coral 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

Independent Group Home Living Program logo.

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.


TimeCapital logo.

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.

American Portfolios Financial Services

American Portfolios logo.

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.

Coastal Challenge from Michael Gerien on Vimeo.

Athletes prepare for Coastal Team Challenge.

Team members prepare for the start of the 2016 Coastal Team Challenge on Long Island, New York. Photograph by Sarah Bell.

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.