|Guest cabin configuration:|
|3 Queen en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Children Min. Age||Swim safe|
|Home port||Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
Tobarths is a 2015 launched Lagoon 520 offering crewed yacht charters in the Virgin Islands for up to 6 guests. The Lagoon 520 is well designed for Caribbean charters with open spaces, shade and sunbeds and a fun flybridge.
The yacht encompasses the style and layout that Lagoons are known for. Inside, the yacht’s light and airy salon is spacious for dining or lounging.
Three well-appointed cabins, sleeping up to 6 guests, have large double beds, plenty of storage spaces and en-suite bathrooms with separate showers. There is plenty of natural lighting and excellent ventilation thanks to the deck hatches and portholes and of course air-conditioning throughout.
Step aboard Tobarths for a luxurious Caribbean vacation with her expert crew.
Home port: Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
Beds are 5.25ft X 6.7ft. with 7ft of head room
(2) SUPS (Stand up Paddle Boards), (6) floaties, (1) 3 person Tube, (3) Adult size blowup Pink Flamingo floaties
Peter & Darcy Whitney
Peter and Darcy Whitney are both originally from the Eastern Sierra's of California. They departed for Annapolis, Maryland to Florida over 17 years ago where they outfitted their 42 foot monohull with refrigeration, electronics, sails and much more. After 3 months of outfitting the boat, they left for 2 ½ years on their travel adventure that included the Bahamas, Caribbean, South American, Central America, and Mexico, and eventually arriving at San Diego, California.
They have been working in the charter industry over 18 years and with over 285 charters under their belt, have travelled with guests from Puerto Rico to Grenada operating both monohulls and catamarans. They had been with the 62-foot Robertson & Caine 'Sea Leopard' catamaran since 2004. Now on the brand new "Tobarths" their goal is to share the islands that have become so much apart of their life. Specializing on more of the relaxed, luxury side, they tailor to each charter's needs to ensure that your vacation is memorable for a lifetime . . . full of adventure, laughter, great food, and wonderful sailing.
Darcy has been working in restaurants and with chefs since she was 13 years old. She's been a waitress, hostess and restaurant manager. She worked for 5 years with one of the most prominent chef's in Southern California where she learned most of her culinary skills. Darcy is able to adapt to most requests from guests with regard to dietary restrictions, kid's preferences, gourmet and vegetarian foods. ..read more
She learned to sail from her husband, Peter, and enjoys being the 1st mate. Darcy will help you learn a bit of sailing or if you chose to sit back and relax, she'll ensure that all of your needs are being met from cocktails under sail to going for a good hike. Darcy enjoys a great book, working out, swimming, hiking and rock climbing.
USCG licensed and with sailing experience that spans over forty years and countless sea miles, Peter has sailed just about everything from sabots to a three-mast schooner. He is also accomplished on the race venue, campaigning his personal boat at Lake Tahoe, San Francisco Bay, and Miami Mid Winters, Florida. Peter also has published articles in local and national magazines. Now based in The British Virgin Islands, his knowledge of the Caribbean will ensure you a fun and fantastic holiday.
Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.
Hours required between charters: 48 firm
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Tobarths!
Thanks for an amazing trip! I had heard so much about you from the previous trip my friends took with you. You both lived up all of my expectations. Mrs. Darcy, your meals were delicious! You accommodated my pickiness perfectly and your smoothies were to die for. I enjoyed chatting with you and playing games. (We did pretty good together. In other words, we kicked butt). We were an awesome team. You were a huge part of what made this trip for me so great.
Mr. Peter: Most importantly, you got us to our destinations efficiently and you didnt crash once! Only kidding. Second, I enjoyed our little jokes between the two of us but your impersonations of the Big Bang Theory was hilarious! Ive not laughed so hard in a long time.
Thank you both for being so friendly and welcoming because you really made me feel at home. Lastly, thank you for your travel expertize because you picked some of the most beautiful locations to anchor Tobarths. I hope that I will see you both again soon.
Roger and Katie
Vacationing in the BVIs offers one of the most beautiful locations in the world. And sailing with Peter and Darcy Whitney will make your vacation perfect.
We have sailed with Peter and Darcy on four private charters, and look forward to many more. With years of experience, Peter is a trusted Captain. Darcy assists as First Mate and also delights us with gourmet cuisine at every meal. Together, they are a team extraordinaire. Their vigilance to insure safety, their attention to every little detail,
their willingness to accommodate any request, and their fun-loving personalities all combine to insure a most memorable experience.
Sailing with Peter and Darcy has certainly exceeded our expectations, which is why we have been and will be repeat guests on their charters.
Sail away, sail away, sail away ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Jim & Diane
Not exactly sure where to begin and end as it seems this should be more about the experience and the crew and less about the boat. Being somewhat of an experienced sailor, I must begin by saying that Peter represents the ultimate in sailing knowledge and ability. We always seem perfectly safe and are never concerned about the situation at hand. We know that things will be handled smartly and safely. Between the Peter and Darcy, we know that things will be handled professionally. Darcys ability to prepare and serve five star meals is beyond compare. We have chartered 4 times with this wonderful crew and cant imagine sailing with anyone else. Well be back next year. Our feeling is that were simply sailing with friends.
Bob and Sharon
Barry, Barb, Matt, Carlee, Erika, Brad and Brian
Peter was great! Taught us a lot about the BVI, Sailing, etc.
Every meal was exceptional and Darcy was able to cater our family's different tastes.
Everything was perfect.
Amazing memories - The Stupfels
Our Incredible Sea Leopard Experience
We have enjoyed two charted cruises aboard Sea Leopard, and can't imagine any other
charter cruise could be any better.
First of all, the vessel itself is very special. On both of our cruises we sailed with three other couples (8 guests in total, not counting our skipper and chef). The staterooms, each with en suite, were remarkably and unexpectedly more comfortable than we imagined, and topside there was also plenty room to socialize as a group or find a quiet nook to read a book or just feel the wind in your face. The layout is fantastic.
Another pleasant surprise -- especially after seeing other charter boats -- was the pristine condition of, well, everything. The boat and everything aboard was spotless and worked as it should, which is not the norm with most charter vessels.
But, while the boat itself is fantastic, the crew -- comprised of Peter and Darcy -- is
extraordinary. Peter is an excellent skipper, careful and completely capable in all aspects of sailing and boat handling, and will quickly earn the trust of guests, be they sailing novices or experienced "salts". He also has lots of local knowledge which is helpful in planning sailing itineraries and activities for charter guests.
Now to my favourite topic: The food! My wife and I think of ourselves as foodies, and we
were both blown away by the meals prepared by Chef Darcy. I still cannot understand
how one person, working in what appears to be a small galley, can create such fabulous
meals of extraordinary quality and exquisite restaurant-style presentation. You would have thought such dining elegance would require several chefs and several supporting kitchen minions. And what is truly miraculous is that Darcy consistently delivers this extraordinary level of quality, meal after meal, day after day. Many of the guests on both of our Sea Leopard charters we took said that the food alone was enough reason to charter again.
At the risk of perhaps sounding too effusive, the Sea Leopard delivered an experience that massively exceeded all expectations. Just amazing.
Jim and Debi M.
Kerikeri, New Zealand
My family and I have done many, many chartered trips to the Caribbean and other places over the years. We have done bare boat and crewed charters and have enjoyed each of them very much. Our favorite trips ever were with Peter and Darcy Whitney on Sea Leopard. Peter Whitney always captains the vessel with great skill and always with the guests safety as the number one priority. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of sailing and the teamwork between Peter and Darcy is exemplary. Peter and Darcy Whitney sail like a beautiful dance on the ocean.
Our trip had many highlights that need to be recognized and the cuisine is on top of the list. Darcy Whitney, our magnificent chef with Peter as her assistant, provided the best culinary experience imaginable. Darcy Whitney, in my opinion, is comparable to the best chefs of the world. The meal selections are always well thought out, planned, and executed to match the guests diet needs and wishes. On our last cruise, we had six people all with special diets to be followed and not all were the same diet. There is only one word to describe how I feel about Darcy Whitneys talents as chefAMAZING.
Our cruises have been a minimum of ten days to two weeks. Our days are filled with snorkeling, playing, laughing, touring, and more snorkeling. Peter and Darcy Whitney make each day an enjoyable and exciting adventure. On our last cruise we had two members who had been dating for a while and we had a surprise wedding for them. Darcy was the wedding planner and of course Peter our Captain was the wedding officiate. Darcy had costumes for all of us and wedding attire for the bride and groom. My sister and her husband asked Peter and Darcy to set this up. Never could anyone have so much fun! Every night we enjoyed planned games that Darcy organized. On our last night the surprise was turned on my sister and her husband, Darcys idea that we jumped on with joy. With Darcy and Peters help we surprised them with a wedding vow renewal. Again, Peter and Darcy went way beyond with the event planning. Sea Leopard was decorated in a tropical theme with flowers everywhere, music to match the theme, food and drinks prepared specially for the occasion. The event looked like a scene in the movies. FABULOUS!
Did I mention one of the best parts of our cruising is our joy of snorkeling and water sports? Peter and Darcy Whitney have the best knowledge of the most wonderful locations to snorkel and are always ready to help us find new and interesting spots to snorkel. One other very important point I would like to share with you, is how careful Peter and Darcy are with watching out for our safety. While we are out snorkeling or frolicking in the water Peter is vigilant in keeping his eye on our safety and ready to react should he need to. We did have a novice on our last cruise and Peter made sure he had extra safety equipment ready for him at each entry.
The Sea Leopards condition from the first time we sailed with them seven years ago to this last cruise on it in April was remarkably as pristine as it was the first time. It is obvious that Peter and Darcy take great care and pride in the vessel. Preventive maintenance is very apparent, as well.
In closing, I wish to express to you that because of Peter and Darcys dedication to their profession and to their guests, our trips with them have filled our lives with wonderful memories to sustain us forever. If there was one thing I would like to change it would be that I would like to sail with them more often just saying!
The first time I went, I was so impressed with our initial greeting on board, the food, the fun, the accommodations, the special touch Darcy added to everything, this made it a true adventure. She was so engaging and made everything so fun. I am still looking for those porcupine quills she used for our appetizer! Each day was a surprise what was on tap for this day? Where were we going to snorkel, what were we going to eat, what kind of cool place was Peter taking us to today. I personally collect sea shells and I was lucky to have retrieved and purchase some really cool ones that I dont usually see other places I have traveled. I did by mistake grab some tiny little ones that were alive and brought them aboard.OPS ..Darcy was so funny about how I am not supposed to do that and I never did it again We had a special tour of one of the islands, went to a copper mine, local bars and eateriesyum yum. We all loved everything about our adventures.
The second year Darcy set us up with a theme night adventure..Ship Ahoy Mates!!!! We all got into getting dressed up and having more fun as we knew more about the islands, ports, fun places. We again went to Willies the floating pirate bar, dressed up as pirates (as well as Peter and Darcy) and took the ship hostage. So much fun! Peter always accommodated us when taking and picking us up no matter the time or place. He was always so gracious!!!! Hearing some stories and tales about his adventures was a special treat as well.
The third year was even better as my son got to go Now that was special and he seemed to fit right in Darcy took him under her wing. The professionalism and out-going personalities made the trip again, a true joy. I would and will highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who has thought about cruising the BVI sea to consider the Sea Leopard and its marvelous crew, Darcy and Peter. I could go on and on but I will save that for my book.
Best Regards and Thanks to all that made all these trips possible and such a joy!
Nancy and Errett S.
In April 2013, my husband and I spent two fabulous weeks on the impeccable and beautiful Sea Leopard 62' catamaran, with the unbeatable and fantastic crew: Peter and Darcy!
This was our fourth vacation on a 62 and I just can't say enough about the Sea Leopard Crew and this catarmaran.
Being able to accommodate up to eight people has allowed us to enjoy these vacations
with lots of family and friends each time. Their feed back has always been positive, such as: 'vacation of a lifetime,' 'unbelievable experience,' 'unbeatable,' and 'absolutely incredible vacation,' which are just a few of the phrases we hear over and over.
We have been bare-boating and crew chartering on numerous types of catamarans for
over 17 years now, primarily in the British Virgin lslands, and sometimes up to five or six times a year. Bar none, Sea Leopard and her Crew is our favorite and always our FIRST choice. She sails like a dream, and compared to just about any cat out there, new or old, her layout, impeccable upkeep, and accommodations cannot be beat.
ln comparing crews, on various sizes and types of catamarans, no crew can come close
to Peter and Darcy. They are always at the top of our list. To have that combination of the most experienced, fantastic crew on one of our favorite cats is heaven to us and keeps us coming back to them ! From the most incredible fine dining, sailing, and marvelous pampering, this crew will take care of every detail, like no other team out there.
I am a business owner of five busy salons and my husband is a physician with a very
demanding practice. We have always worked hard and put in more than our fair share of long
hours in both of our professions. We cherish our time away from work and can't think of a
better way to spend it! Our time sailing, especially on Sea Leopard with her crew, is truly the
vacation of a lifetime for us each and evervtime...and for Darcy and Peter...they make our
vacations more than special, we love those guys, and we can't wait to get back!
Joe and Lorie
An added bonus, and one I would consider marketing at a different price point, was the truly delicious food. Darcy hand made everything from scratch and curated a no repeat perfect week of magnificent comestibles. She is an asset that should demand a higher price than merely excellent cooking, it was truly remarkable and if I were on your team, I might suggest selling her special and unique culinary vision at a premium. I would be happy to represent this in a quote for use on your website if you are interested.
I rarely write fan letters as I always pay for, expect and most often receive the very best in lodging service and food and beverage, but this experience is in the top 5% of all of our travels and it merits this special letter. I got your email addresses from Darcy, but have not shown her this letter.
If there is anything I can do to help your excellent charter business please do not hesitate to let me know.
Sincerely, Bruce L.
Sailing with the Whitneys on the Sea Leopard is a world-class experience. Darcy and Peter are masters of catering to your groups individual needs while providing a fun-filled sailing experience for everyone onboard. The accommodations are lovely, the food is five star and the service is excellent. And the best part is that Peter and Darcy are great fun to be with! They know the BVIs like no other crew and they will take you to places that other boats wont go you will experience the best of the BVIs on board the Sea Leopard. This is by far the most magical vacation I have ever experienced, it is the one where I feel most relaxed, most pampered and most unplugged I look forward to returning to the Sea Leopard again and again.
Peter is a highly competent captain and easily manages the boat in all ways. Darcys culinary expertise makes every meal a pleasure. Together they make a week on Sea Leopard a relaxing and fun vacation worth coming back to year after year.
Thanks again for another great time. We are counting the days until we return in 2013.
Miami Beach, FL
Can we recommend a vacation on the Sea Leopard with Darcy and Peter Whitney? Unequivocally YES! The truest testimony is the fact that we have sailed with them on this magnificent catamaran three times over the years - in 2006, 2008 and in 2012. Each trip has been better than the last. We truly feel there is no better way to see the islands, and no better way to truly unplug and relax. You will be spoiled by the attention to detail and the gourmet food, all while discovering the best of the BVIs.
Dr. and Mrs. Gavin Muir
On the first trip they had us playing games one night before dinner, a rope game for the men and Twister for the women. On the second trip they planned a special theme night catered just for our group. Everyone had so much fun! Special attention was made to tailor our trips to our group and needs. If we wanted, Peter and Darcy were there for us without any effort, from handing us a towel as we stepped back on the boat after an exhilarating snorkel or preparing a special cocktail at our request.
Darcy is an exceptional host and chef. The meals were always over the top, five star dining every night. We looked forward to her amazing creations and presentations at every meal. As a matter of fact, we requested on both trips that Darcy provide us with a recipe book! Darcy had even prepared snacks for our group for in between meals (look for the box of chocolate bars in the fridge).
Peter is an awesome host and captain. He always catered to our requests, open ocean sailing, transport to the bars and shops, water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding and kayaking.
Peter and Darcy maintained the boat as if it was their own home. Theyve kept it immaculate and well maintained. The boat was big enough so we could have our private time or close enough for everyone to enjoy each other's company. By the middle of the first trip, we felt as if the Sea Leopard was our own boat.
We hope for the opportunity to do this trip again, but we would never consider doing it with any other crew but Peter and Darcy on the Sea Leopard
Dean, Karen, Bob and Tammy
As you know, Karan and I have sailed the Caribbean for many years and up until our first trip on Sea Leopard the majority of those sails were as bare boaters. One trip on Sea Leopard changed that forever. We had no idea what we were missing and how comfortable and luxurious sailing could be. We realized that we really could live like the pictures in travel brochures and come home from a Sea Leopard vacation spoiled and totally relaxed.
As you already know, part of a successful sailing vacation comes from the boat and part from the crew. You absolutely have the best of both on Sea Leopard. The yacht itself is a work of art both inside and out and still look as good as it did on its maiden voyage. Your crew of Peter and Darcy Whitney are the perfect complement to a perfect boat as they take care of us like royalty each and every time. Peter is one of the most knowledgeable and safety conscious skippers I have ever encountered and Darcy's gourmet meals easily equal some of the finest five star restaurants in the world. How she can do this from the small galley is itself a testament to her and Peter's desire to provide each guest with long lasting memories of their time on Sea Leopard.
Karan and I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to share your luxurious yacht as both guests and as charters. No sailing or boating trips we have done since can compare with our time on Sea Leopard. As always, we dream of our next trip and hope to return for years to come.
I would like to convey the feeling one has in such an abundant environment with a combination of the beautiful area, the magic of being so close to the fish, the comfort of the boat, the good food and good company. The whole thing makes a complete package that is greater than any one of its parts.
A few years ago we spent 10 days on the Sea Leopard touring around the Caribbean. It was an other worldly experience! For one, the Caribbean is a natural aquarium, easily available to anyone who wants to don a pair of fins. And we did that, several times a day.
Life aboard the Sea Leopard is luxurious. Each en suite room has a large and comfortable bed and bath. The kitchen can (and does!) turn out wonderful meals. It sleeps eight which makes a comfortable crowd - not too big and not too small. There are plenty of options to sit outside, exercise and even dance (as we did one starlit night). I never felt confined or bored.
The boat is big enough and powerful enough to travel all over the area. Moreover, with a good captain, it can reach places a boat with a larger draw could not. Life was always varied and interesting.
I would happily recommend the Sea Leopard to anyone who wants such a sublime experience as the one we had.
All the best
This boat is laid out so well as there is space for everyone to socialize and congregate as well as places for quiet and private time. The Sea Leopard has beautifully appointed cabins, each of about the same size and their own private head. There are multiple social areas on the boat, forward and aft. This boat is perfect for all sizes of groups.
Peter and Darcy add an exceptionally special note to the cruise. Darcy is a gourmet chef and it is truly amazing what she can create in the galley. Each passenger looks forward to each and every meal that Darcy prepares, as it is sure to please. Peter runs a clean and well-maintained boat. He is an excellent sailor and his mastery at sailing and handling the boat, makes you completely at ease upon your travels.
I highly recommend chartering the Sea Leopard. She has always provided me with a fantastic adventure and she definitely brings me back wanting more.