Science & Sailing (June 29 – August 21)

Spend the summer sailing, paddling, exploring the beach, designing experiments, and discovering the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge! Each week introduces new topics and STEM-based curriculum. Sailors continue to advance their skills as they build on prior experiences.

Bay Buccaneers explore beaches and discover marine animals through thematic-based learning enhanced by stories, crafts, outdoor exploration, and visits from local wildlife organizations. Sailing experiences help sailors develop their awareness of the ecosystem around them.

Sound Swashbucklers get a closer look at the estuary aboard kayaks and sailboats as they engage with wildlife and make inquiries about the natural world. Half of each day is spent learning to sail on Optis, while different scientific excursions in our local ecosystems create a new awareness of what calls Oyster Bay home.

First Mates work in teams to sail around the bay, explore the marshes and creek, learn about local fish and wildlife, and more! Team activities foster an appreciation for the natural world while encouraging new friendships, teamwork, and building new skills. First Mates are grouped by experience for a half day of sailing on Optis.

Skippers gain a greater understanding of the marine environment through a variety of hands-on experiments that dive into oceanography, marine chemistry, and wildlife ecology. Fishing, kayaking, and a half day of sailing aboard Optis and Hobies complete the experience.

With their eyes set on the horizon, Explorers embark on half-day kayak excursions throughout Oyster Bay that require teamwork, navigation, and adaptability. Participants conduct scientific experiments as they explore new areas each day.

Mariners discover new frontiers with underwater ROVs, paddle excursions, and research activities as they develop a comprehensive understanding of the estuary. Half-day sailing experiences focus on seamanship, teamwork, and basic navigation skills.

Supervised activities before and/or after their day may include fishing, sailing, crafts, etc. Sign-up at least 24 hours in advance.

Race Team

Young sailors excel both on and off the race course as they develop confidence and build friendships with other teammates. Our racing teams are taught by experienced coaches, who introduce sailors to concepts used in competition while maintaining an encouraging environment. Coaches focus on personalized instruction that harnesses the unique qualities of each sailor.

Coaches introduce sailors to the world of competitive sailing with lessons and skill-based drills on racing strategy and advanced handling. WFC offers premier youth racing programs featuring high-quality charter equipment, exceptional small group and individualized coaching, team trailer and included boat transportation to regattas, WFC Race Teams have the edge. Youth racing is an exciting circuit of competition ranging from the local to international level. The WFC Race Team travels out of West Harbor to compete against youth sailors from other programs in the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA). Session registration fee includes coaching, charter boat fee, and boat transportation to regattas. *Additional fees may apply. Not eligible for any discounts.

Prerequisite: Opti Prep and/or Instructor Recommendation (WFC admin approval required prior to registration, email MacKenzie@theWFC.org for more information.)

Full day practices focus on spinnaker, trapeze, and boat handling while learning and improving race tactics used in regattas. WFC offers premier youth racing programs that rank amongst the best on Long Island. Featuring high-quality charter equipment, exceptional small group and individualized coaching, team trailer and included boat transportation to regattas, WFC Race Teams have the edge. Youth racing is an exciting circuit of competition ranging from the local to international level. The WFC Race Team travels out of West Harbor to compete against youth sailors from other programs in the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA). The WFC 420 Race Team is for those who have mastered 420 Prep or are moving up from Opti Race Team and are ready to race. *Additional fees may apply. Not eligible for any discounts.

Prerequisite: 420 Prep, High School Sailing, Opti Race Team and/or Instructor Recommenda-tion. (WFC admin approval required prior to registration, email MacKenzie@theWFC.org for more information.)

Practices target communication, leadership, and boat handling in preparation for regattas around Long Island Sound. This course will teach the basics of keelboat sailing. Instruction will be done in Sonars with a maximum of 4 sailors per boat. 9-12th graders learn big boat racing skills and sailors will rotate through positions on the boat learning advanced seamanship and navigation while building teamwork.

Summer Sailing (June 29 – August 21)

Initial experiences are most important for developing young sailors. The WaterFront Center’s curriculum provides a safe and positive foundation to learn new skills. For beginning and novice sailors, our programs offer the ideal platform for children to become comfortable with the sport of sailing as they learn to skipper their boat!

This 4-week mommy and me class is the perfect introduction to sailing that is geared toward our youngest sailors with emphasis on FUN. Designed for first-time sailors, the goal is to get young children introduced to water safety, boat controls (mainsheet and tiller), paddling, basic sailing maneuvers like tacking and gybing and wind through classroom and on-the-water activities aboard Optimist dinghies (Optis). The goal of the OptiTots class is to create a positive learning environment so that children are comfortable around the water, are excited to sail and to spark a life-long interest in sailing.

This introductory class is designed for sailors 7-9 years old, where kids will learn the basic concepts of seamanship and the sport of sailing. This course is an intro level beginner class structured to teach kids the fun of sailing while they gain confidence and shipshape habits. They will learn much needed further skills such as rigging and derigging a boat, tying knots, and proper sailing terminology. The primary objective of Lil’Luffers is to introduce sailing as a fun safe activity and prepare these young sailors to grow within our Opti program. Sailors are paired with one another and learn the basics of steering, trimming the sail, and balancing the boat in an exciting, hands-on way.

For beginning and novice sailors, this class offers the ideal platform for children to become comfortable with the sport of sailing as they learn to skipper their boat! This course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. A basic introduction to the sport of sailing.

Sailors refine their skills and are introduced to advanced boat handling and racing in this class designed to prepare them for competition. This course is for sailors who have completed the Opti Basic course and want to continue their progression. By completion, sailors will be able to sail on all points of sail in most wind speeds, know all parts of the boat, and tie basic knots. The goal being to better prepare students for the WaterFront Opti Race Team program and future sailing.

Sailors are introduced to the basics of double-handed dinghy sailing in this class specifically geared towards developing sailors for racing. Sailors will learn advanced skills including spinnaker handling, trapeze and crew work as the next step after Optimists or the WaterFront Opti Race Team to prepare for the WFC 420 Race Team and High School Sailing. This is a great option for sailors who are looking to join a sailing team in college.

Learn the concepts of catamaran sailing as you speed across the shores of Oyster Bay on our fast and exciting Hobie Catamarans. This program features plenty of challenge and adventure to keep it interesting and fun on the water. Sailors team up with partners or small groups in assorted styles of boats as they build seamanship and practice problem solving in this mixed-skills group. Each class is geared towards preparing sailors for a lifetime of sailing and seamanship with the focus on fun and exploration on the bay. Adventure Sailing is the right fit for beginner, intermediate, and recreational sailors.

Learn the concepts of catamaran sailing as you speed across the shores of Oyster Bay on our fast and exciting Hobie Catamarans. This program features plenty of challenge and adventure to keep it interesting and fun on the water. Sailors team up with partners or small groups in assorted styles of boats as they build seamanship and practice problem solving in this mixed-skills group. Each class is geared towards preparing sailors for a lifetime of sailing and seamanship with the focus on fun and exploration on the bay. Adventure Sailing is the right fit for beginner, intermediate, and recreational sailors.

Spring/Fall Sailing

Initial experiences are most important for developing young sailors. The WaterFront Center’s curriculum provides a safe and positive foundation to learn new skills. For beginning and novice sailors, our programs offer the ideal platform for children to become comfortable with the sport of sailing as they learn to skipper their boat!

For beginning and novice sailors, this class offers the ideal platform for children to become comfortable with the sport of sailing as they learn to skipper their boat! This course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. A basic introduction to the sport of sailing.

Sailors refine their skills and are introduced to advanced boat handling and racing in this class designed to prepare them for competition. This course is for sailors who have completed the Opti Basic course and want to continue their progression. By completion, sailors will be able to sail on all points of sail in most wind speeds, know all parts of the boat, and tie basic knots. The goal being to better prepare students for the WaterFront Opti Race Team program and future sailing.

Sailors of all skills are welcome to join our afterschool sailing program. Experienced racers extend their competitive season and mentor new teammates as they are given the opportunity to grow with the encouragement of their peers.

Race in regattas representing your high school or join WFC’s composite team to participate in interscholastic regattas around Long Island. (Full-day clinics and fun regattas supplement the race season.)

Spring Break Science Week (Grades 1-5) – April 13-17

While school is out, Spring Break Science Week is in session! The WaterFront Center offers a variety of programs during April recess keeping minds engaged through fun, STEM-based constructive learning.

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