Newport Bermuda Race - Invictus on top

’Invictus’ (foreground), the US Naval Academy TP52, leads the Onion Patch Series With a 1st in the NYYC Annual Regatta races and a 2nd in the Onion Patch fleet of 23 boats in the Newport Bermuda Race.
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In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, although the Carkeek 40 ‘Decision’ owned by Steve Murray (New Orleans LA) was the top Onion Patch boat, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) TP52 ‘Invictus’ maintains first place for individual entries with a second in the 23-boat fleet. 'Invictus' had a first in the NYYC Annual Regatta June 9-10 in Newport.

The Onion Patch combines boats from all IRC classes in the Newport Bermuda Race. Results under IRC in the ocean race favored the more modern boats. ‘Decision’ just launched in 2012 and 'Invictus' a modern TP52 were followed by Lawrence Dicky (Greenwich CT) in his new Ker 43 ‘Ptarmigan’, Jim Madden (Newport Beach CA) in a Swan 601 ‘Stark Raving Mad’ and Hamnett Hill (Montreal CAN) in a new Marten 49 named 'Defiance'. The standings within the Onion Patch fleet in the Newport Bermuda Race were scored with a 1.25 multiplier.

2012 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race -start in Narragansett Bay - Class 8 St David's lighthouse division Decision - USA 84001 - Carkeek HP 40 production yacht skippered by Stephen Murray

Stark Raving Mad - USA 61011 - Swan 601 production yacht skippered by James C Madden - Newport Bermuda Race 2012

Of the boats doing the whole series— racing in Newport, doing the Newport Bermuda Race and sailing the Royal Bermuda YC Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group— the TP52 ‘Invictus’ from the US Naval Academy leads ‘Ptarmagan’ by just 3.25 points going into Friday’s Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group at the RBYC.

Among the three-boat teams racing for the Onion Patch Trophy the NYYC Blue team of ‘Stark Raving Mad’, ‘Temptation-Oakcliff’ and ‘Dorade’ leads coming out of the Bermuda Race with 47.25 points. NYYC Red has 69.5 points led by Andrew Weiss’s ‘Christopher Dragon'. 'Carina' skippered by Rives Potts, and Jim Bishop’s ‘Gold Digger’. The USNA team in third with 73.25 points includes ‘Invictus’, ‘Defiance’ (NA23) and ‘Swift’.

2012 Newport Bermuda Race start in Narragansett Bay - Class 9 Gibbs Hill lighthouse division Temptation-Oakcliff - USA 50069 - Ker 50 production yacht skippered by Oakcliff Sailing

'Dorade' sets her chute as the 48th Newport Bermuda Race got underway with the first spinnaker start since 2002. There were 166 boats in 17 classes and 6 divisions. Credit Talbot Wilson
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The Onion Patch Series concludes Friday, June 22 with the RBYC Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group. The first race, a windward-leeward course, starts at 10:00 ADT in Bermuda’s Great Sound. It will be followed by a second race that is a 'Tour of the Islands' in the Great Sound the Granaway Deep, Port Royal Bay and Hamilton Harbour. The 23 Onion Patch Series entries will compete along with 11 boats just entered in the Anniversary Regatta.

Each yacht's individual final score in each event of the Onion Patch Series is determined by her finish position within the total Onion Patch fleet. The yacht’s score for the Onion Patch Series is the sum of the weighted points of all three events.

For races 1 and 2 of the Onion Patch Series (the first race of Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2012 of the NYYC Annual Regatta), the scoring was based on a formula that converted the yacht's corrected time into a time on distance (i.e., seconds / mile) number and the competitors ranked in order of the fastest sec / mile to the slowest sec / mile. Points are awarded according to ranking, and these points are used in the compilation of the overall scores in the series.

Each individual yacht's scores for the events are weighted as follows: the finish positions in the Newport Bermuda Race are multiplied by 1.25. The total points gained in the NYYC Annual Regatta are multiplied by 1.00 and the total points gained in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta are multiplied by 1.00. The lowest individual score wins.

Team scores are the sum of each team yacht's individual qualifying scores. The lowest team score wins.

Racing for the Onion Patch Series includes the first race each day in the 158th NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, the Cruising Club of America-Royal Bermuda YC Newport Bermuda Race starting June 15th in Newport and finishing several days later in Bermuda and the Royal Bermuda YC Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group on June 22nd.

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2012 ONION PATCH SERIES - ENTRIES  
   
Yacht Name:Sail Number:Owner/Skipper:
CarinaUSA 315A. Rives Potts
Christopher Dragon12204Andrew Weiss
CybeleUSA 52045Rick Burnes/David Rockefeller
Cygnette32441William J. Mayer
DecisionUSA84001Stephen Murray, Jr.
DefianceIVB 4915Hamnett Hill
DefianceNA 23Bryan Weisberg
Dorade16Matt Brooks
Gold DiggerUSA49James D. Bishop
Hot Ticket52956James E Hightower
InvictusUSA 60331Pat Duffett
IslaNY10Henry S. May, Jr.
Nasty MedicineBER 1000Stephen J Sherwin
Old School39532J Ganson Evans
Passion 4CGer6262Stefan Lehnert
Patriot14571Richard J. Isted
PtarmiganUSA-79Lawrence Dickie
Rocket J. Squirrel59278Chris Otorowski
Stark Raving Mad61011Jim Madden
SwiftNA 11Steve Jaenke
Temptation-Oakcliff50069Art Santry
VampUSA43600Leonard Sitar
White RhinoUSA52821Todd Stuart/Collin Marshall
   
ANNIVERSARY REGATTA only  
Belle auroreUsa5191Doug jurrius
DragonflyUSA 50500Colin McGranahan
FearlessUSA 39537Shawn Ensor
Great Scot87396Darren Garnier
HAERLEMUSA 55-110H Wisker
JojiBER 205Mike Tucker
LillaIRL 7600Simon De Pietro
NicoleUSA 2021T.C. duPont
SadiiqiBER 277Pete Ramsdale
Team Tiburon (Wizard)USA 4511Mark E. Watston III
ZOÉ IICAN52543FRANCOIS BRASSARD

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