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.

Rent & Recreate

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Kayak, SUP, and Sailboat rentals are available 7 days a week. Call ahead to make your sailboat reservation, arrange your check out sail or 2014 orientation before your first rental of the season. Our paddle rentals are available at your convenience.

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

  • July 28th, 2014
    Junior Summer Program parents, please join us for a fun night out at the Sagamore Yacht Club. This great event features the opportunity to meet other parents with children enrolled in one of our summer programs, staff who may directly interact with your children and make the programs happen each day,  and directors who provide  support ...
  • June 2nd, 2014
    The 2014 edition of Bay Day was a tremendous success. Over 5,000 people took part in responsibly recreating in and learning about the waters of Oyster Bay and beyond. We were especially encouraged to see numerous people, engage our educators at our Touch Tank. Our educators were about to show people a a diverse cross-section ...
  • May 12th, 2014
    The 2013/14 winter seemed to stretch on endlessly, with snowfall and below freezing temps stretching into the second half of April. The ice flows in West Harbor were like those that have not been seen in more than twenty years, according to local eyewitnesses, and we certainly hope it’s at least that long before we ...
  • May 2nd, 2014
    After a long, cold winter, spring is finally upon us. As the days grow longer and the temperatures start to rise, plant growth increases. From the single-celled Phytoplankton thriving in the estuary’s nutrient-rich waters to the lush Spartina foliating in the marshes, the estuary literally seems to come to life. Sands are also starting to settle ...
  • May 2nd, 2014
    Go to class, listen to a lecture, take notes, and leave…sounds like a typical college class, right? Many first and second year college students are restricted to learning within the boundaries of a classroom. Nassau Community College, however, provides students with a way to escape the mundane limitations of a classroom lecture. Sailing is offered ...

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