Touch The Sky Description

Touch the Sky is an extraordinary example of a Leopard 58 that offers the best in large, open decks and spaces for lounging, including a comfortable indoor salon, a breeze-filled fly-bridge with seating for 10, and the fun forward netted space to experience sailing firsthand. The split-level style interior offers five guest staterooms, two of which are on the main deck level and include a semi-private walk out ´patio.´ All guest staterooms include en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and everything you would need to create sailing memories with families and friends. Sail crystal clear blue waters, snorkel coral reefs, explore uninhabited islands, or just relax to another beautiful sunset. TOYS: 2 Stand Up Paddle Boards, Snorkeling Gear, 1 Large Floating Mat, Tubes, 1 Subwing, 1 Adult Water Ski Set, 1 Kids Water Ski Set, 1 Wake Board, 2 Fishing Rods & Onshore Games. DIVING: Offered via rendezvous only

Cruising Area of Touch The Sky

Pref. Pick-upAYH/RH
Other Pick-upYHG
Summer PortSt. Thomas, USVI
Winter PortSt. Thomas, USVI
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands


Wash Basins5
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads5
Accommodation Details
Bed Measurements in inches:
Lower fwd cabins 58x79 each
Lower stbd aft cabin 58x79

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.


Length58 Feet
Beam28 Feet
Draft6 Feet
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
Bimini TopYes
Guest SmokeSmoking allowed on sugar scoop
Children AllowedYes
Min Child AgeWater safe
Water MakerYes
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Turnaround72 hrs, Inquire for 48

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)15’ Highfield Rib center console
Dinghy Hp60hp Tohatsu
Dinghy Pax6
Adult WaterskisYes
Snorkel GearYes
Wake BoardYes
2-Man Kayak1
Standup Paddle2
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderAft
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeTrolling and spining
Fishing Rods2 Trolling
Other Toys
10ft Inflatable circular mesh ring
Two-person towable tube

REFIT DETAILS: During the 2022/2023 season, Touch the Sky has had these items replaced or upgraded:
New 20KW Northern Lights Generator
New Air Conditioner Chiller System
New Lewmar Windlass & Deck repair
New Interior Decor & Linens
New hull paint & New Bottom Paint
new dinghy outboard & bottom paint
New Tenderlift/Swim Platform
starlink internet installation

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard


Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
Board GamesYes
Other Entertainment


Special DietsYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes
Other Green Initiatives
Organic/Locally Grown Produce When Available.

Touch The Sky Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
CaptainRichard Darling

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 Carter
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!

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Touch The Sky Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Sep 01, 2023Oct 31, 2023Unavailable: Owner Use to Owner Use
Nov 04, 2023Nov 11, 2023Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Dec 27, 2023Jan 03, 2024Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Jan 19, 2024Jan 26, 2024Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Jan 28, 2024Feb 04, 2024Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Feb 24, 2024Mar 02, 2024Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Mar 10, 2024Mar 17, 2024Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Apr 06, 2024Apr 13, 2024Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Apr 15, 2024Apr 30, 2024Transit: St Thomas, USVI* to Bahama Islands*

Touch The Sky Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $33,300
(normal rate)
High price: $38,000
(normal rate)

Touch The Sky Special Offer!
Xmas Special!
Offer: Touch The Sky is offering Christmas 2023 charter at their regular seasonal rate This exclusive deal cannot be combined with other offers.
Minimum nights: 7
Travel between: Dec/17/2023 - Dec/26/2023

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax
2023 Summer$33,500$33,750$34,000$34,250$34,500$35,000$35,500$37,000$38,000
2023/24 Winter$33,500$33,750$34,000$34,250$34,500$35,000$35,500$37,000$38,000
2024 Summer$33,500$33,750$34,000$34,250$34,500$35,000$35,500$37,000$38,000
2024/25 Winter$33,500$33,750$34,000$34,250$34,500$35,000$35,500$37,000$38,000

Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.


CURRENT SPECIAL: Christmas charters are offered at the standard seasonal rate. The charter must be booked and completed before 1/07/2024. This special cannot be combined with other offers.

Touch The Sky will be conducting charters in the BAHAMAS from 5/1/24 - 7/31/24

This vessel is legal to conduct charters in the BVI. The crew are in the process of obtaining annual BVI work permits for the 2023/2024 season. BVI customs and cruising permit fees are included in the rate. Preferred pick up is St. Thomas. BVI pick ups are possible but limited to 7 per season.

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.

Discount of $150 per person
Includes: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners. Requires 3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense.
2/$33,200 3/$33,300 4/$33,400 5/$33,500 6/$33,600 7/$33,950 8/$34,300 9/$35,650 10/$36,500

CHRISTMAS 2023: 1-10 pax @ $47,000 - must end no later than 12/27
NEW YEARS 2023: 1-10 pax @ $47,000 - may not start prior to 12/28
* 24 hour turn only offered from Christmas to NYE charter *

Touch The Sky Guest Reviews

April 2023

My wife Jennifer and I have been coming down to the BVI for over 20 years now. We have chartered both with a captain as well as doing bare boat excursions. I can honestly say that our week on Touch The Sky has been one of the most rewarding vacations we have ever done. Captain Richard and Chef Suzanne were more than we could have imagined. The skillset for both of them was obvious from the very beginning. However, the way they embraced our family and the way they took care of us was more than special. It was genuine.

We were a three generation group, which I imagine could be a daunting assignment, when you are in relatively close quarters. Our grandkids are 9, almost 7, and 5 years of age. Jennifer and I wanted our kids and grandkids to experience as much of the BVI experience as possible in a week. We succeeded because of Captain Richard and Suzanne. Norman Island, Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke were all destinations that we were able to enjoy. The grandkids acclimated themselves quickly to the sailing lifestyle and that was all due to Captain Richard and Suzanne.

I cannot say enough about Chef Suzanne and her culianry expertise. We were so pampered from morning fruit plates on the fly bridge followed by an amazing breakfast. Lunches were always a treat but the best always was the dinners she served us in the evenings on the back of Touch The Sky. The flavors and presentation of each meal rivaled ANY meal you might get on shore. Her salmon dinner as well as the family recipe she shared one night for pasta was amazing. I am still blown away by the quality of each meal coming out of that galley kitchen. Needless to say, coming home after a week eating Chef Suzanne’s meals was a real jolt of reality. Coffee on the fly bridge in the early morning is still the best.

Finally, I cannot say enough about Captain Richard. With him at the helm you are going to be in safe hands. His quiet confidence and calm demeanor was infectious. I think what was really special is the way he (and Suzanne) brought our grandkids into their world. With his assistance, each took turns at the wheel. He showed infinite patience in answering their questions. Each night while Suzanne and Richard were plating dinner, they let our 5 year old granddaughter run food to the table. It sounds like an insignificant thing but I assure you it was magical.

Finally, thank you Paradise Yacht Management for matching us up with Captain Richard and Chef Suzanne. Touch The Sky was our home for the week. We came away feeling sad having to leave it and the wonderful people who crewed it. Let it rock!

April 2023

Touch The Sky and the crew Captain Richard and Chef Suzanne facilitated one of the most memorable family vacations that our family has ever experienced. There is not enough space on this site to detail the magic that unfolded on our adventure. Touch The Sky was safe, comfortable and allowed us to explore the BVI with total confidence. Again, can´t say NEARLY enough about Captain Richard and Chef Suzanne. They embraced our three generation group and made us feel totally at ease. We went into the week being flexible and knowing the weather conditions would determine a lot of what we did. We crammed a LOT of bucket list moments.

March 2023

We are back from sailing the BVI and WOW!! what an amazing time had. Thank you for all your help getting our trip set up. We had a couple in our group that has sailed 3-4 times before and they said this was the BEST. I think that was because we were there with them but really we had the BEST Boat, and the BEST BEST crew. Suzanne and Richard are a 10+ in our book.

November 2022

Richard & Suzanne,
Wow! What a cruise. Our family was so lucky to be able to take a trip like this. But even luckier to have the two of you take care of us. It is amazing how two extremely professional people can also be so fun and able to blend in with our group. Suzanne – the food! I am hoping for many of your recipes – absolutely outstanding! I hope the boat owner knows how lucky he is to have you taking care of this beautiful boat. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and assistance while we were sick. If you ever find yourselves in Georgia – you are welcome.

Best wishes,
Linda & Jim

November 2022

What a wonderful trip and it was all made possible by the two of you. You guys work so well together it was like a fine oiled machine. Our group offered many challenges and you met each one with grace and patience. Keep up the great work. Anyone would be lucky to sail with you.

November 2022

Thank you Richard and Suzanne for a very great week. Richard, your knowledge of the area was excellent however Suzanne’s cooking topped it all☺! Our family had some dietary requirements but you guys did a fabulous job. Richard – take care of Suzanne because we need her next time we are back! Great job!

Dennis M.

November 2022

Richard and Suzanne,
What a difference a fabulous crew makes on a trip like this. You are both amazing and such fun. I’m just so sorry we all got sick. It just made it so much harder for you, but you were perfect anyway. Thanks so much for everything. The boat owner is extremely lucky to have you both. Thank again. Safe travels always.

Janice M.

November 2022

Richard and Suzanne,
We loved meeting you both. Your personalities were a great compliment to our group. Having such an experienced crew like you we knew we were always safe, always went to the best spots, and always moored far away from the mosquitos! You are the perfect blend of five star service but not stuffy and engage in such a genuine way. We look forward to sailing with you again and wouldn’t want to have another sailing adventure without you.

Brian & Krissy

November 2022

Richard and Suzanne,
Thank you so much for everything you did for us this week!! Everything was great. It has been great getting to know you and to travel with you. You have been wonderful hosts! I wish you both the very best and I would love to sail with you again sometime in the future!! Thank you so much again!!

Terry S.
P.S.-If you’re ever in Minnesota look us up.

November 2022

Richard and Suzanne,
The best hosts ever, the best boat ever, the best vacation ever. All nine of us have loved every second of this trip and it is in no small part to your amazing attention to detail. We will consider you family forever.

With much love,
The Yachties

November 2022

Richard and Suzanne,
Thank you for making it easy for me with the diet restrictions. It was reassuring that you could work with what I could eat. Loved the variety, so many things I could eat. From when I first started taking to you about diet, I knew I didn’t need to worry. Thank you so much! It made a difference in my trip! Thank you again!

Sandy S.

November 2022

Richard and Suanne,
Amazing! Can’t say enough positive things. You are both awesome and created the most perfect experience, Best 50th ever!

Amy H.

November 2022

Richard and Suzanne,
I don’t even know how to find the words to say how amazing this vacation was – and we owe it all t the both of you. Thank you so much for everything – the service, the food, and coming to get me when the current got to be too much. That none of us got lost along the way is a testament to you. We will remember this forever and could ask for more. Yu always have a friend in Charleston.

Fair winds and following seas,
Amy B.

November 2022

Most amazing trip ever! Thank you for your hospitality, knowledge, amazing food, and company. I loved Richard’s silly sense of humor and Suzanne’s amazing cooking. Trip of a lifetime! If you ever need a third on the crew, I may need to quit my full time job!

Kristina M.

November 2022

Suzanne and Richard,
Fxxxg flawless. Literally everything from the first hello has been flawless. My expectations have been surpassed beyond belief and despite my healthy hesitation for and of the water, I can’t wait to come back. Mostly to hang with both of you. But the view is always pretty damn awesome (thanks for that, Richard).

Leslie F.

July 2022

Thank you so much Suzanne and Richard for the most amazing week! Thank you for the most amazing views and experiences. You both went above and beyond to make this the most memorable trip. From the never-empty bellies, to the stories and always thinking of everything to make our experience perfect, the two of you are the real dream team! We are so grateful for your hospitality and charm. This week has been the perfect reset from the crazy day to day reality, and we are all leaving with a new appreciation of this beautiful world. Thank you so much for filling our eyes, hearts and bellies. Cheers and see you again next year!

Colin, Jordan, Katherine, Jada, Chris, Elizabeth, Austin and Savannah Rose

December 2021

Dear Richard & Suzanne,
We can’t thank you enough for your amazing hospitality aboard Touch the Sky. The meals, and pre-meals, were delicious and the service was impeccable … Your warmth and inviting spirit allowed us to fully enjoy being present with one another, all too easily missed on a day to day basis.
The Christmas touches were perfect from the lights to the tray of Christmas cookies and candies.
One of the best vacations and most memorable Christmases ever! We will be back!!! You both are the best!!!

December 2021

Dear Suzanne & Richard,
We have so thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sailing with you! With two almost grown daughters this time together with family and friends means so much to us. What and adventure. Our family has taken many trips together over the years but this was the #1 most memorable, amazing, relaxing one. We hope to be back with you both sooner rather than later. If you ever come to the Chicago area, please let us know! We would love to see you!

You guys Rock! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ~

December 2021

Richard & Suzanne,

Thank you both for such an amazing trip! Our first charter experience was extraordinary and we owe that to both of you. We were blessed with the two most wonderful new friends we could have every wished for to have this experience with. Every aspect of this charter was exceptional… from the amazing sailing to the most beautiful and delicious meals. We loved getting to know you both and look forward to seeing you again soon. Until then, we wish you both happiness and a wonderful charter season! Thanks again, you truly are the Best!

December 2021

Dear Richard & Suzanne~

Thank you both for such an amazing trip! I have to say we have never had such a relaxing vacation and have been so pampered! You all went WAY above & beyond to make sure we were all happy, boat perfect & clean, and that we always had a drink in our hands! It was so fun getting to know you all… you two are the cutest couple ever and we all send well wishes for your happy future! Hope to see you in 2023 for a repeat but as friends! You always have a place to stay in Virginia!!

December 2021

Richard & Suzanne~

Thank you so very much for an amazing week of sun, fun, incredible meals, relaxation, and friendship. You both made our time on the water such a joy, and it was a delight to get to know you and call you friends. I will miss your bad dad jokes and culinary creations!

December 2021

Richard & Suzanne,

This was Patty Cake’s and my first sailing trip and we will do this again! Really amazing food, sweet accommodations, and we loved seeing all of the islands. Thanks for being more than hosts!


~Denise & Pat

December 2021

Suzanne & Richard,

We loved every aspect of our charter, from the first time we met and every day of our adventure. You are, and always will be, our friends in St. Thomas and we have been blessed to have spent time together. Thank you for being so gracious!

November 2021

Suzanne and Richard

Thank you for a relaxing week. You have been very accommodating to all our changing needs. We also have appreciated your flexible itinerary to make us have a great trip. Suzanne’s cooking was creative and delicious! We all feel we had a great variety of USVI. You guys work so well together, it makes for a pleasant experience.

November 2021

Suzanne & Richard,

Thank you for facilitating, you both have been extraordinary hosts! I can promise our YPO Family will NOT soon forget the deep rich laughs, stunning wildlife, our happy hearts together, and all the delectable culinary delights. The Conditions Are Perfect!

What a delicious salty surprise! Everything about this charter and experience has been a dream for us. Being able to get together and have a blast has been truly priceless.

We enjoyed every moment and wish you both all the happiness in your future adventures. You both Rock!

November 2021

“You two are the absolute most fun we could have had! Great food, we hit no boats (Lol!), and had a memorable time. See you next year… if you will have us!”

November 2021

Hi Suzanne & Richard,

Thank you so much for such a memorable experience sailing around St. John with our YPO group. We loved every minute. It was Ryan and my first boat trip and it surely will not be our last. You were both fantastic hosts and we so enjoyed getting to know you. Our favorite bay was Salt Pond – the turtles were amazing! Thank you for a relaxing, easy, and unforgettable trip. And the meals… can we talk about that? The food and hospitality exceeded our expectations! We hope to return soon!”

July 2021

Richard and Suzanne,

We had such a wonderful time sailing the USVI with you! It was filled with plenty of turtles, stingrays, and fish. But more importantly, it was the great company. We can’t wait to sail with you again!

July 2021

You guys were amazing and the Butler Family had a great long weekend. Looking forward to the next trip!

July 2021

Dear Richard and Suzanne,

We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and hospitality! We loved tubing in Magens Bay, stargazing off St. John, and snorkeling in countless beautiful coves. Suzanne, the food was incredible! We especially loved your banana pancakes, crab cakes, sun-dried tomato ravioli and ALL the desserts! Thanks for sharing evening card games and giving us a family vacation we will never forget! The thought of doing another charter without Richard and Suzanne is not even an option for us.