By Talbot Wilson
Newport RI: June 13, 2016— The three-event Onion Patch series got under way over the weekend with the completion of Stage I, the New York Yacht Club 162nd Annual Regatta presented by Rolex in Newport, Rhode Island. Steve & Heidi Benjamin’s TP52 ‘Spookie’ ranked first in the Traditional Onion Patch Series while Tom Selldorff’s Baltic 52 ‘Kinship’ stands first in the Navigator’s Race Series. Event information and results are posted at Onion Patch Series.
Initially 21 individual boats entered the overall series, 14 in the traditional series and seven in the second running of the ORR Navigator’s Series. The NYYC regatta proved to be a tough test on its second day with at least two traditional Onion Patch Series entries being damaged in a port-starboard collision.
In the gusty 30kt winds, Rives Potts ‘Carina’ collided with the US Navy’s Navy 44 ‘Defiance’ skippered by James Reynolds. ‘Defiance’ was dismasted and ‘Carina’ suffered a damaged bow. ‘Cecile Viking' and the other ‘Defiance’ in the Navigator’s Division did not start the final race on Sunday.