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Swift and Dorade win in 2018

Swift and Dorade won the two divisions of the Onion Patch Series, skippered by Paige Krumweide and Pam Rorke Levy, respectively.

Two divisions of boats sailed in the 2018 Onion Patch Series, with combination scoring based on results from the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, the Newport Bermuda Race, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta. In the first division, the Traditional OPS Division, an extra windward-leeward race was sailed in Bermuda, but in both the Traditional OPS and in the Navigators Series, the final result was a victory for a boat with a woman skipper.

Paige Krumweide skippered Swift, a Navy 44 Mk 1 designed by McCurdy & Rhodes, to a dominant 2-1-1 result among the 9 boats in the traditional Onion Patch Series, far ahead of two other 44-footers, the Navy 44 Mk 2 Defiance, skippered by Matthew Signorelli, and the J/44 Kenai, skippered by Chris Lewis. Defiance edged out Kenai on the strength of a better finish in the Newport Bermuda Race, which is weighted at 1.25 times the results of the other two regattas. This was Kenai’s second straight OPS podium finish, however, as the J/44 finished in second place in 2016.

Pam Rorke Levy’s S&S 52, Dorade improved throughout the series, finishing with a 3-2-1 among the 7 boats in the Navigators Division. Kevin McLaughlin’s Crazy Horse, a J/V 50 that won the Navigator’s Division in 2016, took the lead at the Annual Regatta but fell out of the running in the light airs of the Newport Bermuda Race, which favored smaller boats. Jay Gowell’s Temptress, a Taylor 41, scored steadily throughout the series to take second place with a 2-3-3 ahead of Bob Manchester’s J/120 Vamoose, which finished 5-4-2.

2018 Onion Patch Notice of Series Posted

Two regattas connected by the 635-mile Bermuda Race will once again spotlight the best boats and teams across inshore and offshore disciplines.

3 Swift leads Cygnette at the Finish RBYC AR 2014 DSC 4433The official notice has been posted with the rules and conditions for the 2018 Onion Patch Series and the Onion Patch Navigators Series. These two series for individual boats and teams run in parallel for boats entered in the 164th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, the Newport Bermuda Race, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta, commencing June 9th and ending June 22nd.

Onion Patch Series competitors are drawn from among boats that sail in an IRC class at the Annual Regatta and also compete within the St. David’s Lighthouse or Gibbs Hill Lighthouse divisions in the Newport Bermuda Race.

Onion Patch Navigator series competitors are drawn from among boats that sail in the Navigators Division at the Annual and Anniversary regattas, and from either the St. David’s Lighthouse or Finisterre divisions of the Newport Bermuda Race.

All entries will contend for individual boat honors, which include the Henry B. du Pont Trophy (Onion Patch Series) and Richard Kempe Memorial Trophy (Onion Patch Navigators Series). In each series, any three boats from the same country, yacht club or other sailing organization may also join together to be scored as a team and compete for team honors.


See the Onion Patch registration page for race documents and entry information.