Sailing

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We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.

Education

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We teach people to become active stewards of the marine environment, and to promote community sailing and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay.

Junior Summer

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The sport of sailing and marine exploration are the best ways for a child to enjoy their summer! Registration begins Tuesday, February 11.

About the Waterfront Center

Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State.

This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi.

Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility.

Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.

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News & Updates

  • April 22nd, 2014
    Every year you can expect us to offer the community something new and fresh. We are always working to improve our programs and continue to present new ways to get out and enjoy the environment of West Harbor. So, what’s new for 2014?
    While most programs are divided into adult and junior categories, we’re finding ...
  • April 16th, 2014
    Save the Dates have been mailed and we are gearing up for our annual Benefit Party. This year’s event is at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club beginning 7pm on Friday, June 6. Every year the benefit party features an exciting raffle and this year will be no different as our Benefit Party committee gears up to ...
  • April 16th, 2014
    Water brings life to our bays and to our sport, but in winter, water’s harsher form brings challenges. The geographical shape of Long Island’s north shore and prevailing winter weather conditions provide the perfect conditions for ice flows; the persistent northwest winds of winter and early spring push cold water deep into our harbors and ...
  • April 9th, 2014
    During this year’s spring break we are offering full and half day programming Monday through Friday, beginning April 14. Children from Kindergarten through 6th grade are in a variety of scientific and thematic based learning experiences. Based on the activity and group students may use scientific tools such as microscopes, field guides, and sampling equipment ...
  • April 8th, 2014
    Join us for our first open house of the season on Sunday, April 13 from 1pm to 3pm at 1 West End Avenue, in Oyster Bay. Our experts will be on hand to answer all your questions about Junior Summer, Adult and School Programming, Sailboat, Kayak, and Paddleboard rentals and anything else WFC! Click the image ...

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