Welcome to Block Island
Community Sailing!

Founded and run by long time Island sailing enthusiasts, BICS is dedicated to making the sport of sailing fun, available, and affordable to everyone.

BICS is a member based organization, open to everyone, with a low annual membership fee, which will allow members the unlimited use of our boats, along with member discounts for sailing lessons, and US Sailing certification courses for boating safety, keel boat sailing, coastal navigation, and race committee member certification. BICS promotes sailing with low cost programs to enable prospective sailors to experience the joy and excitement of the sport and more experienced sailors to sharpen their skills and receive certification of their sailing proficiency leading to the award of a US Sailing “International Proficiency Certificate” which is your passport to leasing a bareboat charter anywhere in the world with you, as the charter captain. All our programs are open to non-members, but not at the member discount.


BICS offers many programs designed to bring the joy of sailing to everyone from beginner sailor to expert racer. All our staff are US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructors.
  • Lessons: Group and individual lessons are available to all, and to BICS members at a discounted rate.
  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation Certification Courses available.
  • On shore activities such as US Sailing clinics for sailing technique, boating safety, racing, coastal navigation, and race committee qualification.
  • On the water activities including Racing, Family Sailing, Women’s Sailing, and Cruising.
  • BICS enters our boats in regional racing events such as BI Race Week, Off Soundings, and ECSA regional regattas.
  • Off Season events such as a Caribbean sailing charter for our Members and their families.
  • Support of other Island organizations such as the New Shoreham Recreation Department, The Committee for the Great Salt Pond, The Block Island Yacht Club, and The Block Island Maritime Institute for their programs which share our mission.

" Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream."

Mark Twain


Sign up for BICS Membership for the 2023 Season!

Gift memberships and lesson plans are available

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Block Island 2023 Sailing Events Calendar
Published by Block Island Community Sailing
Event Class Host Club/Sponsor Dates
BICS/BIYC Summer Sailing Kickoff Event
more info
All BIYC, BICS, National Hotel May 27, 5-7pm
Off Soundings Club Spring Series PHRF OS Off Soundings Club, ECSA June 9-10
Block Island Race Week 2023 PHRF, ORC, OD Storm Trysail Club June 19-23
BICS Thurs Night Sailing PHRF BICS June 29 - Sept 7
Performance Keelboat Instructor Clinic PHRF BICS July 8-9
Mary D Fund Benefit Regatta PHRF OS BICS July 15
BICS / SHYC Offshore Regatta PHRF OS BICS,SHYC, ECSA Aug 12
BIYC Around the Island Pursuit Race
SHYC B.I.G. Jack Watch Hill to BI Regatta PHRF OS SHYC Sept 9
BICS Annual Member Awards Picnic PHRF Classes BICS Sept 9
Off Soundings Club Fall Series PHRF OS Off Soundings Sept 15-16
Cliff Mitchell Mem Columbus Day Regatta PHRF OS Newport YC Oct 7

Note: All events will be Pandemic compliant. All BICS and BIYC events are sailed under the PHRF Class Rules of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association.

To join ECSA to get your PHRF Certificate go to: www.ecsa.net (LINK)


  • BIYC: Block Island Yacht Club
  • BICS: Block Island Community Sailing, Inc.
  • ECSA: Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association
  • SHYC: Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
  • PHRF: Performance Handicap Racing Fleet
  • PHRF OS: PHRF + Offshore Regs
  • come join us for summer fun


    BICS is a member-based organization, open to everyone, and with a single low annual membership fee, our members can participate in the unlimited use of our boats, along with member discounts for sailing lessons, and racing, boating safety, and race committee certification clinics.

    Members get monthly email updates during the sailing season and our BICS quarterly newsletter by Email year-round. Members are invited to participate in all the BICS activities including, cookouts, family sails, and racing events like Block Island Race Week, Off Soundings, Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association events, and the “Around Block Island pursuit Race” where members get first choice on crew opportunity lists.

    BICS offers discounted memberships for BIYC Members and Scholarships for eligible applicants.

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    BICS offers a comprehensive program of sailing lessons with US Sailing Certified Keelboat Instructors with the goal of building the sailing knowledge, proficiency, and confidence needed for our students to get checked out in our boats so they can take their friends and family sailing without an instructor onboard.

    BICS offers the US Sailing “Basic Keelboat”, “Basic Cruising”,” Bareboat Cruising”, and “Coastal Navigation” Courses in larger boats (not dinghys) specifically to each of our student’s sailing ability with inexpensive group lessons for beginner and intermediate sailors, and private lessons for any level of experience.

    Our students who complete the Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising courses are eligible to apply to US Sailing for their International Proficiency Certificate which is their passport to chartering a sailing vessel without a professional captain and crew almost anywhere in the world.

    For Sailing Lessons or boat use we will have our 2023 Sailing Lesson Schedule and Rate Sheets online in April 2023 where you can book basic keelboat or bareback cruising courses at the links below.

    Bareboat Cruising Course Book Sailing Lesson Online


    There are great reasons to donate to Block Island Community Sailing including:

    • BICS is a true Community Benefit Program founded to make the sport of sailing available and affordable to Island residents and visitors who would not otherwise get to experience the joy and excitement of the sport.
    • BICS is committed to engage the Island youth sailors with affordable programs which will allow our youth to embrace the sport and also get to experience their heritage as residents of an Island who relied on sailing for transportation and commerce for hundreds of years.
    • BICS works with other organizations, such as the Town of New Shoreham Recreation Department to offer special sailing programs to Camp Mohegan students and we also have special programs for Women, Seniors, and other groups as part of our community benefit mission.

    Please help support our programs! BICS is a nonprofit, educational, community benefit sailing organization which is eligible for charitable donations under IRS 501 (C), (3)

    You can donate to support a specific program or donate to support all our programs here!

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    About US

    BICS is an educational, nonprofit, tax exempt, organization incorporated in the State of Rhode Island, dedicated to make sailing available and affordable to everyone. We are a 501, (C), (3) charitable, tax exempt organization.

    Our Mission

    The mission of Block Island Community Sailing is to make the sport of sailing accessible and affordable to everyone, especially women and senior sailors. We promote an accessible and welcoming environment that encourages learning, volunteerism, and community spirit.

    Our Goals
    • To teach sailing, seamanship, and fair play in competitive sailing.
    • To make sailboats available to qualified sailors for recreational sailing or racing at the lowest cost possible.
    • To help raise the environmental awareness of Block Island’s Great Salt Pond and its surrounding waters.
    • To provide the “joy of sailing” experience to diverse groups including: youth sailing, women’s sailing, senior sailing, minority groups, and for the disabled or handicapped.
    • To provide an environment which fosters competitive sailing which will put Block Island on the map as a regional center for sailing excellence.
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