Karen Smith and Gary Borchard | Owners


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 monohulls 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

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


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!


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.