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

  • December 15th, 2014
    Margaret Reddington – Program Director
    Mainsheets are not for beds. Blocks are not for building towers. Cleats are not for soccer. There’s no need to be afraid that all of our sailboats have shackles. When I accepted my position as Program Director at the WaterFront Center, I was sure I would learn many new things–as ...
  • December 15th, 2014
    Alicia Martorella – Sailing Director
    In the spring newsletter we highlighted what was new for the 2014 sailing season and we’re pleased to reflect on those new programs in the light of success. While most WFC programs are divided into adult and junior categories, we launched Family Sailing as a way to bring generations together ...
  • December 8th, 2014
    Cameron Jenness – Education Director
    Working with Friends Academy this fall, the Waterfront Center had the opportunity to create a program that considered the problem of invasive species. Each of the six 9th grade science classes at Friends participated in a three-day program studying the Asian shore crab, one of the ...
  • 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 ...

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