Relaxing in the sun on the banks of the River Thames, with a drink in your hand, and watching the world go by… the thrills and spills of sailing on the Thames…racing at a major sailing event with around 300 other boats. Whether beginner or expert . All of this could be yours!

Ariel Sailing Club

Ariel was founded just before the war by Marmaduke Tudsberry, who was the Civil Engineer responsible for the design of most of the transmitter buildings and was indeed the recipient of the famous back of an envelope sketch of TV centre.

Today Ariel Sailing Club is based at the Tamesis Club in Teddington.

Tamesis is a friendly, family club offering excellent facilities, sail training, and a lively social programme. As part of BBC Ariel Sailing Club not only will you get subsidised access to all Tamesis can offer but you can benefit from RYA accredited training courses, boats and expertise.


Tamesis is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) recognised training establishment, with RYA qualified instructors. We start the season with open days in May and June for those interested in finding out more about the club or getting started in sailing. Training courses are scheduled during the summer (according to demand) for beginners and more experienced sailors.


Beginners and experienced sailors can all enjoy sailing from Tamesis Club. The Club has a wide range of dinghies all the safety equipment required. The Clubhouse has a lounge and bar area, changing and shower facilities together with a full sailing and social programme. Click here for for details.


The clubhouse is ideally situated on the banks of the River Thames near Teddington. There is plenty of car parking and is only a 10 minute walk from Hampton Wick train station. Click here for directions.

Getting Started

Come along to one of the Tamesis Open Days and have a trial sail with an experienced sailor. Families are very welcome! Alternatively, get in touch to arrange to visit (Tamesis club is open for sailing almost every Sunday during the year).

Cost to join

Full membership – includes annual membership to Tamesis Club plus Ariel Sailing Club.

Membership Type
£200 per annum (usual price for Tamesis Club £250)
£90.00 per annum (usual price for Tamesis Club £125.00)

You must be a BBC Club member ie. a Full, Affiliate, Retired or Friend & Family member to join Ariel sailing Club.

Contact Details


Contact BBC Club to be put in touch with Tamesis

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