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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.

Recreation

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Whether you're looking to boost your fitness or relax and unwind with family and friends our rental fleet has an experience for you!

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

  • August 18th, 2015
    It was a busy weekend here at The WFC. Sailing 101s, Family Sails, Discover Sails, Private Lessons, and Checkout Sails filled the weekend with smiles, laughs, learning, and an all around great time. Here are some reactions to sailing lessons this weekend:
    “My husband and I did Sailing 101 and our instructor Alicia was amazing. ...
  • August 9th, 2015
    Sailor of the Week: Ryan
    Author: Jackie Falino
    Ryan Feldman, a Junior Summer sailor in Opti Intermediate, has been attending WFC sailing programs for the past four years. Starting off as a Bay Buccaneer, Ryan worked his way up through Sound Swash and Opti Basic. As a junior sailor in Opti Intermediate, Ryan’s all time ...
  • August 8th, 2015
    Sailor of the Week: Alex
    Author: Jackie Falino
    As a Lil Luffer, the idea of learning how to sail is brand new and can be scary at times. Some skills may be a little challenging at first; however, Alex Dircks has risen above the challenges he has faced, and that is why he has been ...
  • August 7th, 2015
    Sailor of the Week: Brenna
    Author: Jackie Falino
    Brenna, an 8 year old sailor from Sound Swashbucklers was chosen as one of the winners for Sailor of the Week. As a second year Sound Swash sailor, Brenna has had many fun experiences. When asked about her favorite part of being a Sound Swash sailor, Brenna ...
  • August 2nd, 2015
    There’s no need to be bummed out that it’s Sunday. There are plenty of good times to be had during the week! Weekends are busy anyway, so it’s better to spread out the fun throughout the week. We’re open for rentals and courses all seven days. Check out these five options of ways to spice up ...

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