From the Event Organizer:
Watch Hill Sail Over & Fire Island Camp Out - Aug 18st - 22nd
An Invite to all Members of Wet Pants Sailing Association,
in August we will once again have the WPSA group campsite at Watch Hill, on Fire Island. There are many ways you and your family can participate this year at Watch Hill! Last year was cancelled due to Hurricane Henri, so this year will be better than ever!
1) Sail & stay over with us: Sail over on your own big boat that you can sleep on and spend the weekend boat camping. You are responsible for the reservation and paying the dock fees at the marina.
2) Sail & spend a day with us: Sail over on any boat that can be docked and spend the day with us at the Ocean. You are responsible for paying the dock fees for the day. Unfortunately, there is no place that I know of to anchor and wade in at Watch Hill.
3) Spend a day with us: Come over for the day on the Watch Hill Ferry and see us at the beach and pack a picnic!
4.) Sail and campout with us: If you are willing to brave the elements, come join my family and tent camp for the weekend. Each family would need to bring their own gear, food etc. if planning to stay in one of the most beautiful locations in the world for the weekend.
If you are planning to stay, it is a wonderful and a ton of work - but sleeping with the sound of the ocean is priceless. Last year, my kids did a Park Ranger tour on Friday night and a Park Ranger Scavenger hunt to become a Junior Ranger on Saturday. I do not know if they will do that this year but we can only hope. With full disclosure, they do not spray for mosquitoes at all since it is a Federal Park, bring lots of bug spray and pray for a light breeze all weekend.
As with every thing, we will need to follow the appropriate COVID-19 procedures in place at the time, on the ferry, dock, etc. Since COVID-19 is around, we will not supply any food, however we can provide you with a hot grill for dinner and you bring your own food to cook.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Many years ago we had a large group and had a blast. Last year we started it back up and had fun. I hope to see many people, even if its just for the day, come together (socially far apart) and fellowship at the beach.
Please contact me with any questions!
SEE MORE DETAILS BELOW!!
Wet Pants Sailing Association, Inc.
cell: 631 235 2346
WHEN: THURSDAY AUG 18th - SATURDAY AUGUST 22nd no rain date
LEAVING: from Port O' Call when you are ready or Patchogue Ferry
ARRIVE: Open - whenever you want
COST: Free (only the campsite reservation)
Registering through Wet Pants is for the WPSA Campsite ONLY, which we have secured as a courtesy to our members. However, you are responsible for all other fees and reservations for the Marina, Ferry and any Ferry Parking.
CANCELLATIONS: IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL AFTER RESERVING, PLEASE CONTACT BEV IMMEDIATELY AS SITES ARE LIMITED AND ANOTHER FAMILY MAY WANT IT.
WATCH HILL DETAILS
We like to enjoy the ocean side during the day and stargaze, bbq and socialize at the campsite in the evenings! Join us!
MARINA: Watch Hill, Fire Island is part of the Fire Island National Seashore. It has a 163-slip Marina (electric and non electric). A passenger Ferry brings people over from the Patchogue terminal (note you cannot bring propane on the ferry). Enjoy the beach, sail the bay and do some wading, surfing whale watching on the ocean side, which has a lifeguard.
COVID-19: Because of Covid-19, the usual amenities (Food, Gift Shop etc) might not be availablethis season. but the concession may have ice available to purchase. Wear a mask when in proximity to others and practice social distancing.
EXPENSES: If taking the ferry over, there are both Ferry Fees and Parking Fees. If sailing over there are Marina Fees. You are responsible for your own food, supplies, tent/camp gear and any/all ferry and marina reservations and payments.
WATCH HILL Latitude 40.656211 | Longitude -73.191227
631-597-6074 – General Store & Camping
631-597-6073 – Marina/Dock Master
631-475-1665 – Watch Hill Ferry Terminal 160 West Avenue; Patchogue, NY 11772
Watch Hill Ferry: https://www.davisparkferry.com/wh-schedule
Marina Info: https://www.lovefins.com/marinas/
Marina Map: https://www.lovefins.com/slip-maps/
Marina Rates: https://www.lovefins.com/marina-rates/
CAMPING AMENITIES: WPSA members may reserve your tent campsite directly through WPSA, HERE. The group campsite is between the bay and the ocean. There is a tent limit, so reserve early! There are bathrooms and showers, garbage cans, picnic tables & charcoal bbq’s (bring your own charcoal and garbage bags), first aid and lifeguards on the ocean side. Hike and stroll the boardwalk and beach! Pets limited and must be leashed - they are not permitted on the beach and may not be left unattended. Please inquire with Bev Flanagan for pets and remember there are ticks.
MUST HAVES: Bring your Covid-19 masks to use when appropriate. The campsite is a ¼ mile walk from the marina - you will need to walk and to carry all of your gear - a wagon/folding wagon is a necessity! Ticks and mosquitos are out so bring plenty of bug repellent and mosquito netting. Sunscreen is needed even on overcast days. You can use a camp stove or the available charcoal BBQ (bring your own charcoal). Secure all food from wildlife in airtight containers. Be prepared for cooler evenings and weather.
NOT ALLOWED: No unaccompanied children! No bikes, no skateboards, no scooters, no generators, no open fires (bonfires, firepits), no anchoring/wading in, small boats (Opti, Sunfish other dinghys etc) may not beach and must utilize the Marina, do not feed the wildlife. Please keep your campsite and marina areas clean, and dispose of all litter in the garbage cans.
NOT AVAILABLE: There is no playground, no laundry facility, no electric at our group tent campsite. There are no ‘glamping’ sites available during our dates. No propane permitted on the Ferry over.