News & Updates
News & Updates from the Waterfront Center.
Sailing in West Harbor is always more fun when you’re racing toward the finish line! WFC Racing is our competitive outlet for sailors to put their skills to the test amongst our welcoming community. While racing can seem intimidating to even very experienced sailors, Tuesday Night Racing at the WaterFront Center offers an entry point ...Read More
Let’s Talk Solar Eclipse!
by Michelle Hollander
The latest hubbub is about a special event occurring on Monday, August 21st. It’s a total solar eclipse – where the moon passes directly in front of the sun. While solar eclipses are not necessarily rare (2-5 occur per year), there has not been a total ...
WaterFront Center Sailors Win JSA C420 Long Island Sound Championship
By Brent Bomkamp
In 2013 the WaterFront Center expanded its C420 race program to include the summer season of Junior Sailing Association events, training junior sailors between the ages of 14 and 18 to compete at regattas along the Connecticut coast and the North Shore ...
Instructor Spotlight: Stewart!
by Heather Grosso
Where would we be without our sailing instructors? Quality & energetic instructors & teachers make our programs engaging and memorable. They are essential to all we do and we can’t forget to thank our team who provides the knowledge and skills needed to set sail.
All sailors have ...
by Brent Bomkamp
As members of the Oyster Bay community, we are fortunate to have one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges on Long Island protecting the waters of West Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, and Oyster Bay Harbor. This preserved area provides shelter for countless marine organisms and the species that rely ...
Our Mission is Your Mission…
by Aaron Cuison
A golden sunset amongst light gray skies provided a beautiful backdrop to the WaterFront Center’s Annual Benefit on Friday, June 23rd. For 16 years, we have strived to connect people with the water to increase their well-being and foster their appreciation of our beautiful estuary. The Annual ...
Find & Seek WaterFront Style
by Michelle Hollander
Did you know that our Marine Ecology Lab contains nearly 1,000 gallons of water in fresh and brackish aquarium tanks? In the past, these tanks were only viewed by our marine education program participants. However, they shouldn’t be a hidden secret. We want more people to ...
It’s a STEAM-y Summer!
by Michelle Hollander
STEAM is sizzling in the summer heat. We are trying out new activities with our Junior Summer (JS) participants and they have been a blast. Recently, Bay Bucs (1st & 2nd grades) learned about the ever increasing problem of marine pollution and microplastics. Research by Nappier et ...
ZigZag: Adaptive Sailing
by Heather Grosso
The WaterFront Center’s ZigZag program is specifically designed for people of all abilities to experience the joy of sailing. ZigZag has welcomed a variety of individuals & groups to leave their differences ashore & enjoy the freedom of recreational sailing. We’ve recently invited two influential groups in adaptive fitness ...
Share your enthusiasm for sailing, strengthen bonds and build lasting memories as you become part of the fastest growing sailing community on Long Island! Break out of your niche as your peers keep you motivated. Develop your skills and push yourself to grow into a better sailor. The adventure never stops when you explore ...
Horseshoe Crab Tagging by Cameron Jenness
We are excited to be a part of the New York Horseshoe crab monitoring network for the 2017 tagging season organized by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Since the 1970s, the Horseshoe crab population has ...
Friends Academy Volunteers by Alicia Martorella
Friends Academy School has been a long-standing partner of the WFC. Its students have enjoyed marine science field trips, summer sailing and marine science camp, and several compete on our High School, Summer 420 Race, and Big Boat teams. As a Quaker school, Friends Academy integrates service and stewardship ...
Sailing, Fun, & Friendship by Heather Grosso & Brent Bomkamp
This May, the WaterFront Center was pleased to host the 2017 Patent Cup Regatta. Since 1989, patent lawyers from around the globe have been convening at various locations to test their skills on the race course, under the motto of “Sailing, Fun, and Friendship”. ...
Unbounded Success by Michelle Hollander
Seventy-two students from Success Academies arrived at the WaterFront Center early on the morning May 16th to kick-off three days packed with events. Students explored the marine environment through educational sails aboard Christeen, where they conducted water quality tests and trawled the benthic community to see what lives on the ...
NCCC Sailing Program by Heather Grosso
Spring is here and sailing is underway! As many of us eagerly anticipated the Spring sailing season, there is a specific group of young adults who could not wait to get out on the water. The WaterFront Center makes sailing accessible to countless groups of people, including college students. ...
Harnessing the Wind by Michelle Slater
It’s more than just the wind… St. Dominic’s students are investigating the wind farm that has been proposed off Long Island, roughly 11 nautical miles south of Long Beach. (That is roughly 12.7 standard miles from the coast.) In class, students are learning about the multifaceted components of what ...
Mornings with a Side of Science by Aaron Cuison
Spring Break is typically regarded as a time to take a break from school. To put a pause on your education and enjoy the changing of the seasons. However, learning never stops; so why not enjoy the view and get your hands dirty while you are ...
WFC Hosts Team Race Championships by Alicia Martorella
While we’re always bustling with marine education, paddling & cruising around West Harbor, the WaterFront Center hosts several events and regattas throughout the season, as well. The WFC organizes between six and ten regattas for youth and adult novice and championship racers between March and October. Kicking ...
Wildlife Spotlight: Ospreys by Cameron Jenness
If you live on Long Island and are close to the water, look up in the sky you might see an Osprey, Pandion haliaetus. Ospreys are the largest raptor on Long Island next to the Bald Eagle. Ospreys usually build their nests close to water because their main source ...
Oysters have always been the centerpiece of marine biology programs at the WFC, because after all, we are on Oyster Bay! One of our favorite comments to visitors is, “what do you think of the farm?” When they look at us with suspicion, we explain about the oyster reefs in the water beneath us, the ...Read More
This season the WaterFront Center partnered with SailAhead, whose mission is to heal wounded veterans through sailing, to create a new program called Veterans on Water, or “VOW.” The program was structured for the participants to obtain their US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. The WFC offered three-hour classes every Friday and Sunday evening for twelve ...Read More
JSA Optimist Championship
Aug 15-16, 2016
JSA Opti Champs. Sure, it may sound like just another regatta. The WFC generally hosts about six to eight regattas a year. But this is the big one – not just in quantities of numbers of competitors and support resources, but in lasting impact on a young sailor’s summer, ...
Childhood is filled with new experiences and opportunities to learn new things. The WFC specializes in these experiences. Our Junior Summer Program is packed with discovery – of sea life, unfamilar habitats, the changing marine environment. There is so much excitement right on the shores of Beekman Beach, the WFC docks and in the southern ...Read More
A gentle breeze blows out of the west… wait… now it’s coming from the south! As the sun sets, a golden hue is sent shimmering over the horizon, and fish are jumping everywhere around us – their splashes indicative of the joy we feel onboard our Sonar. “I always thought sailing was beautiful,” ...Read More
This summer we partnered with the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s summer camp to get their campers outside to enjoy what the WaterFront Center has to offer in Oyster Bay. The program was supported by a grant secured by the City of Glen Cove last year from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. ...Read More
The WaterFront Center hosted the first Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race and Clinic for sailors with adaptive needs over the weekend of July 16th. 24 sailors comprising eight teams from Puerto Rico to Canada with a range of experiences in fleet came to try out match racing. One skipper, Jen French, was a silver medalist in the ...Read More
For the first time in nearly 100 years, the world’s oldest sporting trophy returned to NY Harbor. The Louis Vuitton World Series New York brought back that big, shiny trophy, the America’s Cup, to local waters. High performance AC45 catamarans flew (literally) up and down the Hudson, amid ferries, powerboats and monohulls of all sizes. ...Read More
Star Wars Day did not go unnoticed here at The WFC. The fourth… or force was definitely with our afterschool STEAM program students. For fun, they took a look at a diagram of Jabba the Hutt’s repulsorlift luxury sail barge. According to its specs, the Ubrikkian Industrian’s ship could reach speeds of ...Read More
“Wow, this rock is so smooth.” I turned towards the teenager who was admiring the surface a rock she picked up from the marsh. The other students gathered around picking up rocks from the same area. “Wait–all of these rocks are smooth,” replied another student. The group looked at me for insight on this discovery ...Read More
A few weeks ago we were fortunate to find a Northern Diamondback Terrapin turtle hatchling on the Beekman Beach. The Diamondback turtles is the only turtle that inhabits coastal marshes with brackish water (mix of salt and fresh water) for their entire life. The northern diamondback is a medium-sized turtle that varies in length from ...Read More
Michelle Slater, the WFC’s new STEAM Coordinator, comes to us from the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, CT where she worked as an educator and handled myriad creatures from snakes to owls. Her previous employment includes STEM education and program planning at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition, she worked as a ...Read More
Here at the WFC, we don’t wait until summer for marine science and sailing fun. With year-round marine education programs and three season sailing programs, we’re always working to engage youth in the marine environment, no matter the season. This year, the WFC is pleased to offer even more ways to get outside and ...Read More
Everyone looks for the first harbingers of spring after a long winter. Most folks think of crocuses or the first Robin, but there is another early arrival – one that enters our local streams toward the end of February or early March each year. The Alewife, or River Herring (Alosa pseudoharengus), spends most of its ...Read More
Public sails on Christeen, a historic national landmark, allow groups of up to 24 people the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, delight in a beautiful view, learn something new about the Bay, and leave their cares ashore. Sunset Sails, Harbor Tours, and Marine Discovery Sails, as well as private charters have delighted about 3,000 ...Read More
Hundreds of junior sailors, ages 8 to 15 compete at various regattas across Long Island Sound in hopes of securing a finish position strong enough to qualify for the JSA LIS Optimist Championship. For sailors who do not qualify, there is an “alternate” championship. Several years ago, the WFC adopted this event and ran it ...Read More
WFC 420 and Opti sailors participated in the 14th Annual Junior Regatta to support Make-A-Wish Metro New York, hosted by Port Washington Yacht Club (PWYC) on Saturday, Aug 1. This event is held each year to raise awareness and funding for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to support the granting of “wishes” for sick children. While in ...Read More
Drive down any street in a coastal community and even before you smell the salt water or notice sea gulls circling overhead, the boats in the driveways and side yards let you know residents are connected to the nearby waters. Thanks to the generosity of the Waterfront Center donating four Sonars and a trailer to ...Read More
Black sea bass (Centroprostos striata) inhabit Atlantic coastal waters from the Gulf of Maine to the Florida Keys, concentrating in the area between Cape Cod and Cape Canaveral. Two distinct stocks exist with overlapping ranges. The northern stock migrates seasonally and spawns off of New England in the late summer.
A temperate reef fish, ...
What happens to objects exposed to extreme pressure? In December, 72 of Mr. Donato’s STEAM students from St. Dominic Elementary conducted an experiment to answer this question. The WaterFront Center and SEA (Sea Education Association) of Woods Hole, MA partnered to provide students an opportunity to conduct an experiment in the North Atlantic ...Read More
This year marks the third year the WaterFront Center has participated in the New York horseshoe crab monitoring survey. Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program has been working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop and organize this project to collect spawning data and tag certain horseshoe crabs, helping scientists to ...Read More
Last fall, 7th and 8th grade students from St. Dominic Elementary began exploring topics relating to the quality, health and motion of the element which covers 72% of the Earth’s surface, water. From their floating laboratories (Sonars), students conducted water quality tests measuring dissolved oxygen content, temperature, salinity, specific gravity, turbidity, PH, nitrates and nitrites. ...Read More
The last week of May was one of the busiest weeks of 2015 for the WaterFront Center. In four days we had nearly 600 students ranging from Pre-k through High School. We had programs on the beach, in school classrooms, on Sonars, and aboard Christeen. One of the more comprehensive programs to visit us ...Read More
Our program guide is published each winter with fresh pictures and colors, but most importantly, fresh programs. Every year you can expect WFC to offer the community something new. We’re always working towards developing meaningful ways to engage the community in sailing activities and to further our sailors’ skill development.
In 2014 WFC introduced family- ...
Walden Celebrates Milestone with Annual Day of Service
“We had great timing for ‘Walden Day’ this year!” beamed Joe Heaney, Principal and founder of Oyster Bay’s own Walden Associates, an environmental engineering firm. Not only did Walden’s employees take part in their annual day of community service (a.k.a. Walden Day), but they were also celebrating ...
STEAM has become more widely used in education and schools locally and nationally on all levels, as schools and districts incorporate or in the process of adopting some of the teaching principals throughout their curriculums. STEAM has proven itself as a sturdy framework for teaching skills applied in ‘real-world’ practices. The programs we offer are ...Read More
The spring session of AquaTots will be started Thursday, April 30! The first session was a huge success. A group of 2.5-4 year olds participated in age appropriate lessons about polar bears, penguins, walruses, sea stars, clouds, and fish. Each week brought a new and exciting story, craft, and game. However, the highlight of each ...Read More
In 2012, US Sailing launched “Reach”, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
and education initiative to inspire schools and sailing programs to utilize sailing as an educational platform. The WaterFront Center (WFC) of Oyster Bay has been offering sailing and marine science programs since its inception in 2001. WFC began implementing Reach curriculum when ...
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