Our Crew

Steff Pepler – Director

Steff was introduced early in life to our local marine environment by his father and has had a love affair with the ocean ever since.

Evelyn Pepler – CFO

With fiery Portuguese gusto, Owner of Ocean Odyssey Evelyn Pepler is a force to be reckoned with.

Jorika Brink – Reservations Manager

Jorika takes the role of Personal Assistant and booking agent to a whole new level and her proficiency acts like the glue that brings the company seamlessly together.

Eric Everts – Deck Hand

Eric grew up in Knysna. After he matriculated he studied at Boston City campus. He was also part of the local sea cadets for 5 years. He is a friendly soft spoken guy and we are happy to have him as part of our team. Eric has been selected to train as a skipper and is super excited to take the helm!

Muzi Hani – Deck Hand

Muzi is the life of the party and there is never a dull moment with him. His smile and laugh is super contagious! Muzi is new to our crew but not a stranger to the sea! A big hit with all our guests, Oh yeah!

Nick Marr – Skipper

Nick is our newest addition to our team of skippers! After sailing super yachts overseas, he has decided to come home to Knysna and join us aboard the Outeniqua!

Sandy Marr – Skipper

Sandy is a local yachtsman that has been navigating our waters for years. When he isn’t skippering on the Outeniqua, he is overseas delivering yachts. Sandy’s years of experience and knowledge of the area really adds a special element to the team.

David Shilton – Skipper

David is a local boy and one of South Africa’s top competitive sailors! With his passion the ocean and love of sailing, we are super proud to have him as one of our skippers!

LUCY VAN EYK – ACCOUNTS & FINANCE

Lucy’s Career started in the financial sector working for some top corporate banks in South Africa. She has now settled in our little piece of paradise and has since become a certified Registered Nature Site Guide for Marine and Coastal (Whale Watching).

LEANDRE CHRISTOFFELS – RESERVATIONS & FRONT DESK

Leandre’s friendly smile will be the first thing you see when you check-in for your tour. This soft spoken young lady is dynamite in a small package handling our retail and reservations sector, welcoming of guests and general office duties.

TERESA DA MATA – MARKETING, ADMIN & RESERVATIONS ASSISTANT

Teresa is new to the team and to Knysna. After spending many years in sales and marketing in Durban and Johannesburg she decided to relocate to Knysna. Teresa will be assisting the marketing, admin and reservations departments.

JOHANNES PIKAAN – QUALIFIED SKIPPER & CREW SUPERVISOR

Johannes is an experienced Skipper (Category C) and a registered Nature Site Guide for Marine and Coastal (Whale Watching). Johannes was born and bred in Knysna growing up with a passion for the ocean and marine life.