Come and experience sailing on the sea in one of our two fully equipped yachts and learn to sail. Fast and exhilarating racing, or a leisurely cruise, everything is possible.  The BBC Yacht Club welcomes all from beginners to experienced sailors. Why not join us? 


We sail most weekends during March to November from Bursledon near Southampton to local destinations including the Isle of Wight. On Bank Holiday weekends and longer trips, we extend our sailing to destinations including France. Our summer cruise takes us even further afield.  Not all events are in the summer or on water – our year-round events include parties, courses and talks.

Where Do I Start?

The best way to start sailing with us is to sign up for a trip – any trip!  Our trips are open to anyone new to sailing; crews are made up of people with a wide range of experience and abilities. Each trip has an experienced and qualified skipper and a mate to ‘show you the ropes’!  We also offer guest trips where you can try out a few trips as a temporary member before deciding to join the club. Everyone is encouraged to join in with the sailing and boat keeping jobs on the trips and you will sleep on board the boat.

How to get on to a trip

If you are new to the club and want to join your first trip, or want to try out a guest trip, then you can contact any of the yacht club’s committee members to find out which trips are coming up and how to join in. The best initial contacts are: 

Ian Holden (Crewing Secretary) Email:

Bill Joyce (Membership Secretary) Email 

Ian Deeley (Club Commodore) Email:

Sue Turner (Treasurer) Email: 

Joining a trip

Crews usually join  trips on the evening before. If you are new to the club then you can arrange to meet the crew at the boatyard or you can travel down to Bursledon on the River Hamble, which is a 5 minute walk from Bursledon Station. Sometimes it’s possible to arrange a lift to the boatyard with other crew travelling down from London or other parts of the country (check with the skipper beforehand).  
Everyone works as a team and is encouraged to join in sailing the boat and help with domestic tasks. 


We have two yachts – ‘Ariel of Hamble’ & ‘Prospero of Hamble’. The current ‘Ariel’, a Dufour 40, is well equipped for extended cruising and ‘Prospero’, a Sigma 33, additionally offers the opportunity to race.


We are an approved RYA sailing school with qualified instructors for RYA practical courses:  Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachmaster Offshore courses.  We also run some less formal practical training course such as Boat Handling.  Just joining a sailing trip is the best way to learn.  We are all keen to help you develop your sailing skills.

The Club also arrange theory courses in the winter such as Day Skipper theory, First Aid and Radar.

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Both boats are based in Bursledon on the Hamble River. They sail from March to November.

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Cost to join

The membership fee is £50. See ‘How Do I Join’ for details of how to pay. There is no joint membership: all members must pay the membership fee.


Guest fees

Guest fees (non-member surcharge) is £25 per day.  We will waive the Guest Fee on the very first occasion that someone sails with the club unless it’s for a trip of 4 days or more in which case a £100 guest fee will be charged.  On subsequent trips, guests will pay an additional £25 per day with no reductions for longer trips. It may be beneficial to join the BBC Club and Yacht Club rather than pay the higher fees.  – see ‘How Do I Join for details.)

Contact Details


Ian Deeley
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Bill Joyce
Membership Secretary
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