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Former foul weather inlet has a sunny side

In the past, I’ve written about the adventures of Pierre Wallinder who is a frontiersman when it comes to the water. Pierre founded the Sail Buffalo sailing school at a time when he had limited resources. The man is fueled by passion for the water and for Buffalo. For his next trick, Pierre constructed a floating classroom for his inner city sailors. The classroom floats with the help of hundreds of recycled plastic bottles, formed together to buoy the vessel along with Pierre’s lofty dreams.


Today, you would be astounded to see what this waterman is up to. He’s dug in deep, and secured a parcel of land near the Buffalo lighthouse (former foul weather inlet by the US Coast Guard base) where he is in the process of constructing a permanent sailing school. On the small compound Pierre has amassed a small fleet of sailboats (including the Clara Brown), his floating classroom, a picnic area, docks, a “surf shop” full of aquatic goodies, a launch, and boat storage racks. All of these resources are bundled together in a picture perfect paradise called Cazenovia Community Boating Center.


To think that we were following Pierre as he set his sails and his goals for Buffalo’s waterfront just a few short years ago. Not that it was an easy voyage to get where he is today. In the end, he ran into a bunch of roadblocks and non-believers, but somehow managed to trudge forward towards the goals that we are seeing unfold before our very eyes. It just goes to show you what one determined person can do to make a difference in this city if he or she has the right amount of perseverance and versatility when it comes to hunting for resources. In this case Pierre relied on Assemblyman Kearns, the US Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and The City of Buffalo to make this Mission Impossible possible.

To learn more about Sail Buffalo, visit this Facebook page. Sail Buffalo also offers sailing classes for a junior sailing program and “Friends of Sail Buffalo”. To learn more, contact Sail Buffalo at:

Sail Buffalo | 1 Fuhrmann Blvd | Buffalo, New York 14204 | Phone (716) 432-6589

Email | Website

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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