IOS are very pleased and excited to announce a new partnership that has been struck up between themselves and the Holdsworth Group of Hotels.
Andy Kinnard a sailing friend of Stokey & company director of the group have teamed up to run and offer specialist courses for both the ocean sailors and rowers alike. Subjects to be covered during the various courses will vary between traditional & Ocean navigation, route planning, beginners and worldwide weather .
They are also intending to offer themed weekend stargazing courses for the hotels guests, these will be run throughout the winter months and amid at the complete novice and all ages.
The Ocean View Hotel enjoys unrivalled views looking out to sea across Shanklin Bay.
Nestling on top of Eastcliffe, the hotel is just a short 5 minute walk from the Shanklin railway Station.
It is also very close to the beach; sea front and both Shanklin's main shopping street and old village with its traditional thatched cottages, pubs nearby restaurants
Wonders of The Universe
2nd/3rd November 2019
7th/8th March 2020 Prices £129
Dates 2nd/3rd November 2019
21st/22nd February 2020 Prices £249
Dates 27th/28th September 2019
1st/2nd February 2020 Prices £249
RYA Ocean Yachtmaster (group)
Dates 7th/13th September 2019
23rd/27th March 2020 Prices £750
* All courses include accommodation Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Many of the hotel’s bedrooms overlook the bay and afford stunning sea views on a summer’s day or evening. Sit out on a balcony and watch the sunset before enjoying the hotels entertainment or strolling along the sea front or wandering into the village.
The voyage, will give the opportunity to sail and visit the North, Central, Southern parts of continental Portugal as well as one of Portugal’s many Atlantic islands, Madeira. Once completed will not only give you a n insight to this fascinating country but the chance to mix and meet its wonderful and friendly inhabitants
"Lets Get Back To The Stars"
Trip Overview: The Atlantic crossing is designed to be a comfortable cruise. During the voyage, there will be time for reflection under a star-studded tropical sky with a warm breeze on your face. Whilst sailing you can also expect the unexpected, such as a visit from the occasional whale, sea turtle and maybe a slap in the face by a flying fish. It should not only be fast and exhilarating sailing, but also a chance to put the crew’s newly acquired skills and knowledge gained from Stokey to the test. The finish in Barbados is a place where crews can re-unite with friends and families. celebrate the achievement of the new conquistador's!
Of Those People... who have dreamt, planned or actually crossed an ocean there are still only a few who will have experienced that special feeling the great explorers felt whilst sailing the Southerly trade wind route
The Atlantic Adventure... is split into 3 individual legs, each one increasing in time and distance. Setting sail early October from Porto in Portugal the voyage to Barbados takes around 6 weeks to complete with an estimated sailing distance of 4,000 Nm.
Leg One: Porto/Lisbon/Madeira
Distance: 840 Nm
Leg Two: Madeira/Cape Verde Islands Distance: 1050 Nm
Leg Three: Mindelo to Barbados: 2100 Nm
LEG 1: £1400 - 10 Days
LEG 2: £1295 - 10 Days
LEG 3: £3995 - 21 Days
LEG 2-3: £5000 4 Weeks
“Many thanks for a superb five days of Astro at Ventnor!
The course was beyond all expectations (and my expectations were high based on Stokey’s excellent reputation far and wide)
And it leaves me with a strong feeling that Asto taught right has a strong potential for a broader following.
The local area was most enjoyable and a return to this part of the Isle of Wight for some country walking is defiantly part of our family’s future plans now. Thanks for making me feel so welcome in Ventnor” Google.
“Thank you for a fantastic stay- I have thoroughly enjoyed both the course and the hospitality!
Now I look forward to putting the theory into practice on the arc and in the Bay of Biscay”
“Thanks for the hospitality, it’s made all the difference whilst trying to take in all that Stokey has taught me, my stay on the Island has been memorable for all the right reasons” Trans Ocean Sailor.
“I have had a Lovely stay in Ventnor – you arranged fantastic weather for me! The accommodation was excellent and the breakfasts great – I felt welcome.
Thanks for the great teaching on the ‘ways of Astro’- it’s clear that a great deal of time and devotion has gone into your courses and I can’t wait to get using the sextant” BA Captain.
“A big ‘thank you’ for looking after me this week. Great relaxing hospitality and a great course. I leave this island as before wishing I could stay, full of new knowledge and with a bad head (thanks a million Stokey)” Super Yacht Captain.
“Thank you to the locals of Ventnor for your great hospitality… I had a very pleasant time in your wonderful town. Stokey you gave me the key for another dimension in sailing- thank you”
Cape Horn Charter Skipper