Smooth sailing

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 5:30pm

To the Editor,
Block Island Community Sailing held its annual meeting at Harbor Church last Saturday, Nov. 27, where they gave an update on their successful summer programs, thanked their volunteers for their extraordinary service, reelected members to the board of directors, and introduced their guest speaker Joe Harris. Mr. Harris, a 30-year island summer resident, who sailed around the world single-handed, on Gryphon Solo 2, his fabulous Open 40 ocean-racing sloop, will be attempting a double-handed circumnavigation of the world (over 30,000 miles) next summer. Joe gave an inspirational audio-visual presentation on the world of long distance single- and double-handed sailing including his single-handed world record circumnavigation attempt on Gryphon Solo 2 in 2016.

BICS was recently designated a U.S. Sailing Accredited keelboat school, the only one in southeastern New England, which permits us to issue U.S. Sailing certificates for keelboat sailing proficiency.

Kudos to the podium finishers of the four performance handicap racing fleet regattas BICS ran last summer and to the recipients of the annual volunteerism awards, Director John Doolittle and Member Todd Crouch for their exemplary support of our sailing programs last summer.

Henry duPont,
B.I. Community Sailing