We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.



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.



Your generosity makes a difference, connecting people to the water through enriching experiences enjoying and learning about the Oyster Bay estuary and beyond.

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 18th, 2015
    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 ...
  • November 18th, 2015
    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 ...
  • November 10th, 2015
    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 ...
  • October 23rd, 2015
    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, ...
  • September 28th, 2015
    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 ...

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