Wash Away the Sunday Blues

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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Opti Race Team

Opti Race Team
Author: Jackie Falino
As a sailor in Opti Race, you have the opportunity to represent The WaterFront Center by participating in different regattas. Last week, the WFC sent sailors to the Douglaston Regatta. For the week proceeding, the Opti Race sailors diligently prepared. Each morning, they met with their sailing coach who ...

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A Week in Review…Junior Summer: Session 3, Week 1

A Week in Review…Junior Summer: Session 3, Week 1
Bay Buccaneers
Leeanne & Shannon
Killies, and pipe fish, and sea robins, oh my! On the very first day with the Bay Bucs, we were rewarded with a diverse introduction to the animals of the bay. After catching dozens of silversides, killifish, and mud snails, ...

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Thank you, Carlee!

After working at The WaterFront Center for nine years, Carlee Resh will be moving back to Pennsylvania and away from the WFC Family. We’re excited for the new adventures that await her, but we can’t help be upset that she’ll no longer be gracing us with her presence and sharing her passion of biology with ...

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Sailor of the Week: Thomas

Thomas is Sailor of the Week: July 20th – July 24th
Written by Jackie Falino
Upon his arrival to the Waterfront Center following his overnight Mariners trip, Thomas Coor was welcomed with a nomination of Sailor of the Week. Thomas was happily chosen by his instructors who had many wonderful things to say about him. One of his ...

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Naturalist of the Week: Ella

Ella is Naturalist of the Week: July 20th – July 24th
Written by Jackie Falino
This week, the Soundswash Bucklers nominated Ella O’Heir as Naturalist of the Week.  When asked about Ella, her instructors had nothing but positive things to say. They noted, “Ella is always excited to be at The WaterFront Center. She always has ...

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Emma is Sailor of the Week!

Title: Emma is Sailor of the Week!
Author: Jackie Falino
This week The WaterFront Center instructors nominated 12 year old Emma Van Dorn as sailor of the week. Emma, a member of the Opti Race Team, was nominated by her sailing instructor who stated, “Emma is a great kid. She participated in the Douglaston Regatta ...

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Three Years and Counting

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 ...

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My Harbor Tour Aboard the Christeen

My Harbor Tour Aboard the Christeen
By Christina Scheblein
Because the Christeen is such an extraordinary vessel, I was really looking forward to my Harbor Tour. A Harbor Tour is a two-hour public sailing excursion on the historic floating landmark, the Christeen. To sail from Oyster Bay Harbor to Lloyd Neck and get one-of-a kind ...

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Ten Things You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer..

It’s hard to believe that it’s already August! Don’t let this summer slip away without taking a trip to The WaterFront Center. We may only be located in a small brick building, but we have a lot to offer.
 

WhatSUP: Every Saturday from 10:00-11:00am, we offer an introductory stand up paddleboard class. It’s ...

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My Marine Education Sail Experience (MES) on the Christeen

My Marine Education Sail Experience (MES) on the Christeen
Learning about marine life, history, and all things slimy.
By Christina Scheblein
As the launch boat took me out to the Christeen, I admired the scenery surrounding West Harbor and I wondered what exactly a Marine Education Sail would entail. The group chartering the boat were ...

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Naturalist of the Week 7/13 – 7/17

Author: Jackie Falino
This week The WaterFront Center educators elected 6 ½ year old Bay Buccaneer Jocelyn Frein as “Naturalist of the Week.” Jocelyn’s   Bay Buc instructor stated, “Jocelyn is always polite and nice to her fellow Bay Bucs. She is always smiling and excited for all the activities we have planned.” Jocelyn is a ...

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A Day in Opti Intermediate

A Day in Opti Intermediate
As junior summer sailors in Opti Intermediate, program participants are already familiar with the rigging and de-rigging process of their Optimist. They partake in activities that will advance their skill level when it comes to reading wind direction and maneuvering their boats while in different points of sail.
To practice their ...

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Bobby the Bay Duck

Bobby the Bay Duck
by Jackie Falino
As Bay Bucs, children have the opportunity to learn firsthand about our local wildlife and sea life. The children are introduced to the actual creature they are learning about either by trips to our touch tanks or by taking nature walks along the beach.
This past Monday, the ...

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Naturalist of the Week: Roman

Naturalist of the Week: 7/6-7/10 
There is the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and there is that special time each week during our Junior Summer Program that we elect our “Naturalist of the Week!”
“Hooray!” everyone cheered as Roman Shirodkar was handed his “Naturalist of the Week” award. After much hard work and dedication, Roman, ...

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Rent a kayak or Paddleboard and see West Harbor like never before!

Author: Christina Scheblein
The WaterFront Center located in scenic Oyster Bay, Long Island is a US Sailing accredited school that also takes pride in specializing in kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals.
Because our kayak and paddleboard rentals are self-guided, you get to determine your course and how long you would like to be ...

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Begin your sailing journey with “Learn to Sail-Basic”

Author: Christina Scheblein
“Learn to Sail-Basic” is a comprehensive learning experience that teaches you the fundamentals of sailing. Whether you are a novice sailor who wants to learn how to properly maneuver a sailboat or if you want to brush up on the skills that you haven’t used in a while, our Learn to Sail-Basic ...

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Scientific Skippers

Scientific Skippers
Author: Jackie Falino
Today, The WFC Skippers went on a hunt for oysters at Beekman Beach. As Skippers, the students get the opportunity to learn about our neighborhood wildlife for half the day and enjoy sailing for the other half of the day. Luckily, Oyster Bay Harbor is home to tons of oysters ...

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St. Dominics Year in Review

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. ...

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A STEAM Success

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 ...

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New Ways to Sail in 2015

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- ...

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Walden Day Comes to WFC

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 ...

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Picking up STEAM

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 ...

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AquaTots is Back!

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 ...

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WFC Awarded STEAM Grant

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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Sailors for the Sea Presentation

SPECIAL EVENT THIS FRIDAY
APRIL 10th at 3pm
Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. We are a movement and pragmatic voice for action that offers boaters tangible opportunities to create a legacy and make a difference.
The ...

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New Perspectives

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 ...

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Sailing – A Year In Review

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 ...

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Invasive Species

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 ...

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The WFC Way

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 ...

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Lights, Camera, Action!

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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Community Ties

This summer was the fourth season the WFC worked with the Youth and Family Counseling Agency (YFCA) to provide activities for the Better Oyster Bay (BOB) program.  For ten weeks we offered our boats, SUP boards, nets, fishing rods, sailing instructors and naturalists to YFCA’s teens in 7th through 10th grades. The kids come from ...

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Junior Summer Volunteer Week

It was quiet at the Waterfront Center on August 25th.  There were no Bay Buccaneers being signed in by their parents, no High School Mariners gathering at the picnic tables, and no cars circling the parking lot preparing to drop off their most precious cargo.  This peace and quiet could only mean one thing: the ...

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Mariners Overnight – A Letter from the ‘Admiral’

By:  Michael ‘Miguel’ Donato
 
At the end of each two-week long High School Mariners session here at the Waterfront Center, students, along with their instructors, embark upon an expedition known as ‘The Lloyd Harbor Overnight Cruise’.  The Mariners spend the first eight days of the session learning the skills and ethics necessary to undertake ...

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Big Boat Race Team – Navigation

Throughout the season of Big Boat racing, not only were we sailing, but we were spending countless hours preparing for the long regattas that awaited us in the near future. With every great sailor, comes the knowledge of navigation and safety while out on the open seas. Let me tell you something, studying navigation is ...

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Big Boat Race Team – Twilight Regatta

By: Team Member Adam Fried
The Waterfront Center recently participated in the Twilight regatta facing light winds and won 2nd place. In these light wind conditions the team faced challenging upwind and downwind legs with inimitable obstacles. They key points of triumph that lead to our success included prompt and efficient tacking/gibing, admirable team communication, ...

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A First Mate Adventure

Centre Island Beach Adventure Sail- Kai Galli
Being my very first First Mates trip, I didn’t know what to expect. As I walked into the First Mates classroom I was overwhelmed by the happiness and enthusiasm of the students. After all, who wouldn’t want to sail to the outskirts of West Harbor to a foreign ...

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Mariner’s Overnight

On July 19th, 2014, five high school students and two instructors set off on Ambiance, a 36 foot sloop, to Lloyd Harbor.  The trip, which generally takes about four hours on a favorable wind, takes us through some of the most picturesque harbors and passageways of Long Island’s North Shore.  This was my first overnight trip ...

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BAY DAY

DLW_3082 (1280x654)The 2014 edition of Bay Day was a tremendous success. Over 5,000 people took part in responsibly recreating in and learning about the waters of Oyster Bay and beyond. We were especially encouraged to see numerous people, engage our educators at our Touch Tank. Our educators were about to show people a a diverse cross-section ...

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Opening Weekend

photoThe 2013/14 winter seemed to stretch on endlessly, with snowfall and below freezing temps stretching into the second half of April. The ice flows in West Harbor were like those that have not been seen in more than twenty years, according to local eyewitnesses, and we certainly hope it’s at least that long before we ...

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Spring has Arrived

20140425_144459After a long, cold winter, spring is finally upon us. As the days grow longer and the temperatures start to rise, plant growth increases. From the single-celled Phytoplankton thriving in the estuary’s nutrient-rich waters to the lush Spartina foliating in the marshes, the estuary literally seems to come to life. Sands are also starting to settle ...

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NCC Teams up with WFC

Go to class, listen to a lecture, take notes, and leave…sounds like a typical college class, right? Many first and second year college students are restricted to learning within the boundaries of a classroom. Nassau Community College, however, provides students with a way to escape the mundane limitations of a classroom lecture. Sailing is offered ...

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What’s New, What’s Next?

Every year you can expect us to offer the community something new and fresh. We are always working to improve our programs and continue to present new ways to get out and enjoy the environment of West Harbor. So, what’s new for 2014?
While most programs are divided into adult and junior categories, we’re finding ...

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WFC’s Benefit Party Announced!

Save the Dates have been mailed and we are gearing up for our annual Benefit Party. This year’s event is at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club beginning 7pm on Friday, June 6. Every year the benefit party features an exciting raffle and this year will be no different as our Benefit Party committee gears up to ...

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Breaking Ice

Water brings life to our bays and to our sport, but in winter, water’s harsher form brings challenges. The geographical shape of Long Island’s north shore and prevailing winter weather conditions provide the perfect conditions for ice flows; the persistent northwest winds of winter and early spring push cold water deep into our harbors and ...

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Join us for Spring Break Programming

Beach Day Marine EdDuring this year’s spring break we are offering full and half day programming Monday through Friday, beginning April 14. Children from Kindergarten through 6th grade are in a variety of scientific and thematic based learning experiences. Based on the activity and group students may use scientific tools such as microscopes, field guides, and sampling equipment ...

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Open House – Sunday, April 13!

Join us for our first open house of the season on Sunday, April 13 from 1pm to 3pm at 1 West End Avenue, in Oyster Bay. Our experts will be on hand to answer all your questions about Junior Summer, Adult and School Programming, Sailboat, Kayak, and Paddleboard rentals and anything else WFC! Click the image ...

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Welcome Aboard!

Join us in welcoming Michael Donato as the new STEAM Coordinator at the Waterfront Center! Schools nationwide have been developing STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to address academic weakness in these areas and promote greater understanding of their interrelated subjects through hands-on activities while relating them to real life beyond academia.  Knowing ...

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Beekman Beach in the Winter

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With the extreme cold temperatures we have been dealing with over the last few weeks, I decided to take a closer look Beekman beach to see how it was handling these harsh conditions. The beach gets ready for the winter naturally by changing its shape and  creating sand bars offshore  in deeper waters. Besides ...

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The WaterFront Center launches a new, improved website for the 2014 Season!

The Waterfront Center is proud to launch a new, improved website platform that gives our visitors better access to the programs they know and love. As we celebrate the start of the new season, we’ve included a brief overview of some of the new features:
Site Search
Visitors can now search for programs, courses, and ...

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Welcome to the Team!

DSCN0962We are pleased to welcome Margaret Reddington as the new Program Director of the WaterFront Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from C.W. Post and has experience as a classroom teacher and running recreational programs. Margaret started working at the Village of Freeport Recreation Center in 2009 where she was an integral ...

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Ocean Frontiers – a film by Green Fire Productions

On January 30th, Jack Halyards Restaurant in Oyster Bay, hosted a public screening of Ocean Frontiers II, a documentary film about the future of our waterways and oceans in relationship to offshore wind energy and other alternative energy resources. Sponsoring this event was The WaterFront Center, Friends of the Bay and Oakcliff Sailing Center. There ...

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