Yacht Clubs donate to Medical Center

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 7:15pm
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The Block Island Medical Center has received a financial boost from two sailing clubs that make the island a seasonal destination.

Dave Dickerson, past commodore of both the Off Soundings Club and the Cruising Club of America, said the two boating clubs pooled their resources and donated $4,000 to the Block Island Medical Center. Dickerson said another $500 will be donated to the Rescue Squad in the fall.

Both clubs are a familiar presence. The Cruising Club, which was established in 1922, has 13,000 members around the world and seven satellite stations, one of which is located in Essex, Conn. Members of the club frequently sail out to the island, and one of its members donated the land to create the Bonnell Cove Foundation. Dickerson also said that the Cruising Club has two permanent moorings in the Great Salt Pond.

Off Soundings was established in 1932, has about 500 members, and runs a two-day Block Island race the first week of June. Dickerson was past commodore of Off Soundings from 2013 to 2015, and commodore of the Essex Station of the Cruising Club from 2014 to 2016.

“The board and Medical Center staff are very grateful for this donation toward our operating expenses from sailors who acknowledge and value the health care they — and all the island’s visitors and residents — depend on,” said BIHS Board Chair Cindy Baute.