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|BICS/BIYC Summer Sailing Kickoff Event
|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
|PHRF OS||BIYC, BICS, ECSA||Sept 3|
|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)
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.
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.
There are great reasons to donate to Block Island Community Sailing including:
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!
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.
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.