Karen Smith and Gary Borchard | Owners

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Karen and Gary are very excited about being the new owners of Offshore Sailing from January 2016. They are confident that their enthusiasm and passion for this new venture will enhance the already motivated and highly trained team with many years of experience in this industry. Running a sailing school is something new to them after a lifetime in the corporate world. However their wealth of experience in business will be of great value exploring new ventures and new opportunities in the sailing community.

Having owned and sailed various mono hulls and Hobie Cats since their teens and later power boats in South African dams and harbours, they have both learned to respect the water and the need for proper training. Offshore Sailing ranks as one of the premier sailing schools in South Africa and they are determined to continue this legacy. Sometimes dreams do come true…

 

Libby Bonnet | Co Founder – 1979

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Libby was a teacher and head mistress for 14 years before meeting Chris Bonnet and founding the Sailing School and sail training with him in 1979.

Libby has well over 40 000 miles at sea, having done an Atlantic crossing in a yacht that she and Chris built, as well as many other trips. Libby was at the helm of Offshore Sailing Academy, steering the company forward with Chris’s legacy in mind since he succumbed to cancer in 2011.

Libby continues to be an integral member of the dynamic Offshore Sailing team, sharing her extensive wealth of experience with the team and students alike. The Bonnet legacy of extensive sailing knowledge and experience will continue to be passed on to future generations for years to come.

 

Werner De Kock | Chief Instructor


Werner has been sailing since 2006, after being introduced into sailing by Offshore Sailing Academy. After he qualified as a yacht master he did a delivery of a catamaran and his first Atlantic crossing.

Werner gained a lot knowledge and experience whilst working as an instructor for Offshore Sailing Academy for the passed five years. He has in excess of 50000 miles and is really passionate about what he does.

 

Robin Le Brasse | Instructor

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Robin joined Offshore Sailing in February 2015, shortly after finishing his SPICE course with us. Having worked in various jobs prior to his sailing course, Robin immediately knew that sailing was what he wanted to do. Robin then studied further to enhance his sailing skills and become an instructor. He is enjoying every moment at Offshore, building up his experience, with ambitions to progress to being a captain one day!

 

Cameron Channing | Instructor

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Cameron was born and raised on a farm in Muden, growing up on dams, water-skiing, fishing, etc. Cameron took a gap year after school to work in the UK, ending up in Greece and Croatia, sailing small charter yachts.

On return to SA, Cameron tried his hand at studying in Cape Town, but soon realised he preferred being on the water than stuck behind a laptop. This led him to completing his Yachtmaster’s course in Langebaan. He then worked on a sail charter in Cape Town, and delivered Leopard Catamarans for Tui Marine, after which he worked as a rescue diver in Mozambique. Cameron is now happily a member of the Offshore team. 

 

Kelly Peters | Office Administrator

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 Kelly started working at Offshore Sailing on a part time basis whilst still at school. She joined the Offshore team on a full time basis in 2011. She is the friendly voice you will most likely hear when you call the Offshore Sailing Office. Kelly also provides behind the scenes support to the management team and instructors.

 

Mandy Mosebo | Office Stalwart

Mandy has been with Offshore for the past 20 years and is a very important member of our team.

She takes great pride in looking after the yachts, the academy and all of us at Offshore and our students.