News & Updates
News & Updates from the Waterfront Center.
All organisms receive cues that winter is coming–a constant drop in temperature, less sunlight during the day, the location of the sun in the sky changes, and the decrease of food are some of the signals that alert the shift in season and help to prepare the organisms that make the estuary their home. Even ...Read More
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...
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 ...Read More
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
The 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 ...Read More
After 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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
During 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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...
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:
Visitors can now search for programs, courses, and ...
We 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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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