Welcome to
Block Island

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 free “introduction to sailing” events for our prospective members, including youth sailors, senior sailors, and anyone who wants to experience the joy and excitement of the sport.


Henry duPont, President
PO Box 457
Block Island, RI 02807

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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 have applied for our IRS 501, (C), (3) charitable, tax exempt organization status.

Our Mission Statement:

The mission of Block Island Community Sailing is to make the sport of sailing accessible and affordable to everyone, especially youth 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.

Our Board of Directors:

Each of our Board of Directors brings a lifetime of experience in sailing, non-profit organization, and community service, to our organization.

  • Henry duPont, Director, President, Treasurer.
  • Don Coxe, Director.
  • Jake Fiechter, Director.
  • James Gallacher, Director.
  • Kim Granbery, Director.
  • Tom Lee, Director.
  • Ted Merritt, Director and Secretary.
  • Ray Torrey, Director.
  • Chuck Townsend, Director.


News & Events

2018 Calendar Announced

BICS announces BI preliminary sailing event calendar

BIRW 2018

BICS commits to support BI Race Week 2018

BICS Incorporated!

BICS is incorporated as a nonprofit, educational, community sailing organization in the State of RI.

Block Island 2018 Sailing Event Calendar (Tentative)

Event Class Host Club/Sponsor Dates
BI Community Sailing Open House EventAllBI Community SailingMay 26th 11-3 PM
BI Summer Sailing Kickoff EventAllBIYC, BICS, National HotelMay 26th 5-7 PM
Block Island Race Week 2018 (LINK)AllBIYC, DIYCJune 17th – 23rd
Ensign Class Tuesday Night SailingEnsignEnsign Class Fleet 82June – Sept TBA
BICS Thurs Night SailingPHRF, DinghyBICSJune 28 – Sept 6th
Mary D RegattaPHRFBICSJuly 21st
BI Community Sailing Fundraising RegattaPHRFBICSAugust 18th
BIYC Around the Island Pursuit RacePHRFBIYCSeptember 2nd

BIYC: Block Island Yacht Club
BICS: Block Island Community Sailing, Inc
DIYC: Duck Island Yacht Club
Ensign Class: Block Island Fleet 82, Ensign Class Association
PHRF: Performance Handicap Racing Fleet


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 weekly email updates during the sailing season and our BICS monthly 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 and Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association events, like the “Around the Fisher’s Island Race” where members get first choice on crew opportunity lists.

Joining is easy: To join, go to our membership registration page here:

  • BICS Memberships are available on a Calendar Year Basis.
  • Adult Membership $250 per person
  • Junior Membership $100 per child (18 and under).
  • Membership privileges include free use of boats as available and discounts on sailing lessons and special events.

Membership Type


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. We will establish Spring and Fall sailing programs for our Block Island School students, leading to the creation of a Block Island School Sailing team, just like the sailing programs found at many other high schools in our region.
  • BICS works with other organizations, such as the Town of New Shoreham Recreation Department to offer special sailing programs to 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) (applied)
Please call us to discuss our program requirements or donate here!