Capt. Richard Darling
Captain Richard hails from a small town in upstate New York near the Lake Ontario shoreline where he learned absolutely nothing about sailing! That is until he spent some college years in Daytona, then went back to NY and was fortunate enough to enter the racing scene where he purchased his own sailboat and hasn’t stopped sailing since. In 2003, Richard moved to the Virgin Islands and acquired his USCG Master’s License. Since then, he has worked in the charter industry as Captain or Engineer on various sailing and motor yachts up to 160 feet.
Calling St. Thomas home for more than 15 years. Richard has sailed thousands of miles through the islands and beyond, and he loves sharing some of the best kept secret anchorages and dive locations along the way along with his knowledge of the stars under the beautiful Caribbean night skies.
Chef Suzanne Schindler
Chef Suzanne hails from Philadelphia, PA where she studied under some of the best Italian cooks on the east side. She learned at an early age that perfectly blended herbs and spices will bring your dish to the next level. Her family moved to St. Petersburg, FL where her eyes were immediately drawn to the sea. Through the years her need to be in the islands never waned nor did her desire to create mouth watering meals. Her dishes are best described as elegantly simplistic. A wide range of culinary styles beautifully blended with fresh local ingredients, a superb mixture of herbs and spices, and sprinkled with a pinch of Mama’s love will have you begging for seconds. But trust me, you are going to want to save room for dessert!
*Fresh fruit served each day Ricotta strawberry french toast topped with honey and mint
Egg scramble served with roasted potatoes, crispy thick cut bacon with side of fresh tomato and avocado
Spinach and cheese frittata with sausage patties Fresh blueberry pancakes with a warm maple butter syrup Salmon Lox with red onion and capers with choice of bagels and assorted cream cheese. Avocado brioche toast topped with fresh local micro-greens, tomato and arugula
Blackened chicken caesar salad with parmesan crisps Homemade crab cakes topped with an aioli sauce served with fresh spring green salad Shrimp tacos, pineapple salsa and a spicy sriracha mayo Mediterranean chicken and pearl couscous salad with fresh tomato, arugula topped with feta cheese Build your own burgers with homemade pasta salad and all the fixings Jerk Chicken Wrap with salsa, homemake guacamole and crispy corn tortillas
Charcuterie board with assorted cheese, meats, nuts and dried fruits Baked Brie with apricot jam served with assorted artisan crackers Classic tomato caprese salad with fresh basil and mozzarella topped with a balsamic glaze Hummus served with assorted crackers and fresh vegetables Fresh baked bread with olive oil, pesto and a tapenade
Classic chicken piccata in a lemon caper butter sauce served with angel hair pasta
Grilled jumbo shrimp served with coconut rice topped with a fresh mango salsa
Tender filet mignon, fresh broccoli and caramelized shallots served with creamy rosemary garlic mashed potatoes
Soy glazed salmon with asparagus over a bed of sushi rice Fresh mahi mahi served with sugar snap peas, black rice and a light orange cream sauce Pork tenderloin over creamy polenta with roasted Brussels sprouts
Homemade Key Lime pie Warm apple crisp a la mode with a caramel drizzle White raspberry cake with fresh whipped cream Chocolate brownie squares with vanilla bean ice cream Fruit sorbet with fresh seasonal berries Peanut butter pie
*Vegetarian Menu Options
Breakfast Tomato Avocado Toast with fresh mozzarella and basil Veggie Breakfast Tacos Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes Mushroom Frittata
Lunch Mediterranean Couscous Salad Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice Tangy Veggie Wraps with crispy corn tortilla chips and salsa
Portabella Mushroom Burgers served with warm homemade potato salad
Roasted Sweet Potato and Onion Tart with goat cheese served with fresh greens Ricotta Gnocchi in Lemon butter sauce Roasted Mushroom Risotto Cheese Tortellini with roasted tomato vodka sauce
**Menu can be adapted for Gluten Free guests
Winter 2023 to 2024
Winter 2024 to 2025
CURRENT SPECIAL: 10% will be discounted from the standard charter rate for charters started and completed between 11/18/23 and 12/17/23 - including Thanksgiving charters. The charter must be booked after 10/03/23, have a minimum of 5 nights and cannot be in conjunction with any other specials for the discount to apply.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Christmas charters are offered at the standard seasonal rate. This special cannot be combined with other offers.
BVI COMPLIANCE FOR THE 2023/2024 SEASON:
Cruising Grounds: British Virgin Islands & U.S. Virgin Islands
Pick Up/Drop Off: St. Thomas or Tortola
Crew: Permanent Annual Work Permits
BVI Customs & Cruising Permit Fees: Included
MINIMUM NIGHTS: Inquire for charters less than 5 nights.
For 6 night charters, divide weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights.
SLEEP ABOARD: Available for half of the daily rate. Includes boarding after 4pm, snacks, welcome cocktails & continental breakfast. Dinner ashore is additional. Select option upon booking. EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year's weeks.
CREW RELOCATION OPTION: The crew will give their twin cabin for guest use for a relocation fee of $1,000 upon approval prior to booking.
BVI ONLY - HALF-BOARD RATES:
Discount of $150 per person
Includes: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners. Requires 3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense.
2@$29,700 | 3@$30,050 | 4@$30,400 | 5@$30,750 | 6@$31,100 | 7@$31,450 | 8@$31,800 | 9@$32,650 | 10@$33,500
CHRISTMAS/ NEW YEAR'S RATE:
CHRISTMAS 2023: 1-10 pax @ $42,000 - must end no later than 12/27
NEW YEARS 2023: 1-10 pax @ $42,000 - may not start prior to 12/28
* 24 hour turn only offered from Christmas to NYE charter *
BAHAMAS RATES (ALL-INCLUSIVE)
Touch The Sky will be conducting charters in the BAHAMAS from 5/1/24 - 7/31/24
FULL-BOARD: Includes 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners, happy hour canapes, standard ships bar and snacks. Meals ashore are additional.
**Rates are all inclusive of 14% tax and fees (to be paid by boat). Broker will receive commission on FULL RATE**
RELOCATION FEES:Yacht will only relocate for charters 6 nights or longer. Please inquire for availability. Relocation fees are + 14% tax and not subject to commission.
Nassau - No relocation fee
Staniel Cay - $700 one-way - $1,500 round-trip
Georgetown - $700 one-way - $1,500 round-trip
Marsh Harbor - $700 one-way - $1,500 round-trip
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES: Yacht offers a 3pm arrival and departure option. From Nassau especially, the later start works well for a short sail from the marina to a close island for a following morning start on the longer sail. On return, a later departure enables the crew to have a more leisure morning with the guests before departing on the return sail from the Exumas to Nassau. The yacht will provide lunch on the day of departure if they opt to leave at 3pm. They offer standard noon-noon arrival/departure time if preferred.
**SEE BROKER NOTES FOR MORE INFORMATION - WAIVER REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO CONTRACT**
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