The inspiration for the Onion Patch Series came from three Bermuda sailors who were in Cowes, England sailing in the Fastnet Race. The Fastnet Race was then sailed as the finale of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Admiral’s Cup, a hard fought series that included racing in the tidal currents of the Solent, racing in adjacent bays, racing around the Isle of Wight, racing in the Channel Race and trekking off on the famous Fastnet Race.
Shorty and Jerry Trimingham and Warren Brown hatched the idea of bringing the Admiral’s Cup to North America and calling it the Onion Patch Series. They went home and made their dream reality.
The Onion Patch Series was born in 1962 when the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club board and members backed the concept. They deeded the Onion Patch Trophy for competition by national teams of yachts entered in the Newport Bermuda Race.