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.

Support the WFC

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Every year our annual appeal accounts for 10% of our total budget. Your contributions enable us to reach deeper into our community, providing marine science and sailing opportunities for all! Please support our mission by making a donation today.

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

  • November 21st, 2014
    The WaterFront Center Way. Four words that you’ll overhear from the Junior Summer Program staff as they plan their lessons, debrief their day’s accomplishments and handle conflicts. It was made up as a catch phrase, but it stuck because it’s real. It is hard to define, but easily recognizable. It is, simply, how we do ...
  • October 29th, 2014
    It’s Saturday morning at 9a.m. and the front desk is already bustling with excitement. We’re here to take a sailing class, but I don’t know what it’s called. Can I rent a paddleboard? How old do you have to be to go on a kayak? Which boat am I taking out? How many students do ...
  • October 21st, 2014
    This summer was the fourth season the WFC worked with the Youth and Family Counseling Agency (YFCA) to provide activities for the Better Oyster Bay (BOB) program.  For ten weeks we offered our boats, SUP boards, nets, fishing rods, sailing instructors and naturalists to YFCA’s teens in 7th through 10th grades. The kids come from ...
  • 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 ...

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