BI Community Sailing welcomes new members for the 2021 sailing season – Block Island Times


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Block Island Community Sailing, Inc. (BICS), the island’s educational, nonprofit community sailing organization, is looking forward to a full sailing season this summer including the launching and availability of our four sailboats which include two Raven 24s, a Soling, and our newly donated and refurbished Cape Dory 28 Mischief. BICS, which is based at the New Harbor Boat Basin (near the Oar Restaurant) is a membership-based adult and family sailing organization that was founded to make the sport of sailing affordable, accessible, and fun for island families and visitors alike.
In addition to providing sailing instruction and sailboat availability for our members, we have several community benefit programs that include sailing instruction for the Town of New Shoreham Recreation Department’s Camp Mohegan, and special programs for women and seniors.
New this year is our classic coastal cruiser, Mischief, a Cape Dory 28, which is a perfect solution for those sailors who had to give up their own boats when they moved to Block Island because of the long waiting list for private moorings.
BICS members, for a low annual $250 membership fee can take their families and friends sailing, at no extra cost, whenever our boats are available. Lessons and special events, like a family overnight cruise to Mystic Seaport, for example, are available to our members at a discount. You can join anytime online at
All sailing instruction is taught by US Sailing Certified sailing instructors using the US Sailing “Basic Keelboat”, and “Cruising Sailboat” curriculum.
In addition to sailing lessons, and recreational use of our boats, BICS is the island’s home base for the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) for which we offer several racing events including the Thursday Night Sailing Series, the Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta, and the BIYC Around the Island Pursuit Regatta. Under the State of Rhode Island regulations for sporting events in the Covid-19 era, we maintain the proper protocols for the safe boating and regatta management. If you are new to racing, we offer sailing instruction on board our boats each Thursday evening by an experienced skipper, and/or coaching from a chase boat. We also offer seminars on the Racing Rules of Sailing and welcome prospective newcomers to join our Race Committee, which guarantees an exciting evening out on the water.
You can help us bring the joy and excitement of sailing to Block Island! You can join BICS as a member, donate to support our charitable community benefit programs, or volunteer to help us work on our growing fleet of sailboats. Contact us at [email protected] org, or visit our web site at
Notes: All events will be pandemic compliant. This means that the BIYC Summer Sailing Kick Off Event may be held outside, weather permitting or by Zoom seminar event. 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:
Visit us at our web site: or contact us [email protected] for more information.

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