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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During our summer season we offer sailboat, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rentals and lessons. Our paddling season has ended, but sailboat rentals and lessons continue through Columbus Day Weekend on select Saturdays. Call ahead to reserve your boat for a beautiful fall sail!

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

  • October 10th, 2014
    It was quiet at the Waterfront Center on August 25th.  There were no Bay Buccaneers being signed in by their parents, no High School Mariners gathering at the picnic tables, and no cars circling the parking lot preparing to drop off their most precious cargo.  This peace and quiet could only mean one thing: the ...
  • September 2nd, 2014
    By:  Michael ‘Miguel’ Donato
     
    At the end of each two-week long High School Mariners session here at the Waterfront Center, students, along with their instructors, embark upon an expedition known as ‘The Lloyd Harbor Overnight Cruise’.  The Mariners spend the first eight days of the session learning the skills and ethics necessary to undertake ...
  • August 26th, 2014
    Throughout the season of Big Boat racing, not only were we sailing, but we were spending countless hours preparing for the long regattas that awaited us in the near future. With every great sailor, comes the knowledge of navigation and safety while out on the open seas. Let me tell you something, studying navigation is ...
  • August 18th, 2014
    By: Team Member Adam Fried
    The Waterfront Center recently participated in the Twilight regatta facing light winds and won 2nd place. In these light wind conditions the team faced challenging upwind and downwind legs with inimitable obstacles. They key points of triumph that lead to our success included prompt and efficient tacking/gibing, admirable team communication, ...
  • August 4th, 2014
    Centre Island Beach Adventure Sail- Kai Galli
    Being my very first First Mates trip, I didn’t know what to expect. As I walked into the First Mates classroom I was overwhelmed by the happiness and enthusiasm of the students. After all, who wouldn’t want to sail to the outskirts of West Harbor to a foreign ...

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