Karen Smith and Gary Borchard | Owners


Karen and Gary have been the owners of Offshore Sailing since January 2016. They joined thier enthusiasm and passion with 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…



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 eight years. He has in excess of 70 000 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!