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 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.

PROGRAMS

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.
  • Boat check out to Members who demonstrate sailing proficiency to take their friends and family sailing.
  • 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, Youth Sailing, Women’s Sailing, and Cruising.
  • We will enter our boats in regional racing events such as BI Race Week, Off Soundings, and regional regattas like the ECSA events like the Around Fishers Island Race.
  • Off Season events such as a Caribbean sailing charter for Island Youth sailors during school vacation week.
  • Support of other Island organizations such as the Block Island School, the New Shoreham Recreation Department, The Committee for the Great Salt Pond, The Block Island Yacht Club, and the Block Island Club, 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

NEWS


Sign up for BICS Membership for the 2022 Season!

Gift memberships and lesson plans are available

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Forecast
BLOCK ISLAND WEATHER
Block Island 2021 Sailing Events Calendar
Published by Block Island Community Sailing
Event Class Host Club/Sponsor Dates
BICS Open House Event All BICS May 29, 11-3pm
BIYC Summer Sailing Kickoff Event All BIYC, BICS, National Hotel May 29, 5-7pm
Off Soundings Club Spring Series PHRF Off Soundings Club, ECSA June 11-12
Block Island Race Week PHRF, ORC, OD Storm Trysail Club June 20-25
BICS Thurs Night Sailing PHRF, Dinghy BICS July 1 - Sept 9
Mary D Fund Benefit Regatta PHRF BICS, NH Boat Basin July 17
BICS Benefit Regatta PHRF BICS August 14
BIYC Around the Island Pursuit Race PHRF BIYC, BICS, ECSA Sept 5
SHYC B.I.G. Jack Watch Hill to BI Regatta PHRF Stonington Harbor YC Sept 11
BICS Annual Member Awards Picnic PHRF BICS Sept 11
Off Soundings Fall Series on Block Island PHRF Off Soundings Sept 17
Cliff Mitchell Mem Columbus Day Regatta PHRF Newport YC Oct 9

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)

Key:

  • BIYC: Block Island Yacht Club
  • BICS: Block Island Community Sailing, Inc.
  • BIC: Block Island Club
  • ECSA: Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association,
  • PHRF: Performance Handicap Racing Fleet
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    MEMBERSHIP

    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 and Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association events, like the “Around the Fisher’s Island Race” where members get first choice on crew opportunity lists.

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

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    LESSONS / BOAT USE

    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 teaches the US Sailing “Basic Keelboat”, “Basic 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.

    For those who are new to sailing, we offer a free “Introduction to Sailing” experience so that you can learn more about our club and programs.

    We are working on our 2022 sailing instruction programs. Please return here to see our product offerings and lesson schedule in the first quarter of next year.

    DONATIONS

    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 seek to establish 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 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 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.
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