NEWPORT, RI (June 1, 2020)—The 52nd running of the “Thrash to the Onion Patch” has been postponed until 2022, but a fleet will nonetheless set sail to Bermuda on June 19, the original start date. The 2020 Online Newport Bermuda Race will be sailed in partnership with Sailonline.org, with free entry to participants. Sponsors include Jeanneau North America, X-Yachts USA, Dehler Yachts,/McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers, and Italia Yachts/David Walters Yachts.
 
After the race was cancelled with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, volunteers on the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) shifted focus to develop an online approach to keep the spirit of the 2020 race alive. Their goal was to match the multi-division aspect of our race in an engaging event and provide a navigational-style challenge to Thrash to the Onion Patch—virtually.
 
Sailonline.org was selected as an international non-profit with an excellent navigation-simulation platform that could accommodate the race’s four most popular divisions—St. David’s Lighthouse, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Finisterre (Cruising), and Double-Handed.
 
Sailonline’s sophisticated software bases boat speed on detailed VPP polars depending on the heading selected in a given wind direction. It also introduces weather updates from the current NOAA global forecast every six hours, and incrementally, the wind direction and strength shifts across the different sections of the course. Competitors who aren’t familiar with the Sailonline platform will be directed to an instructional manual, sail a practice race or two, and join a pre-race webinar with SailOnline experts.
 
BROC organizers were also pleased with the response and support of four leading yacht builders. All were enthusiastic about joining the Newport Bermuda Race family of sponsors to underwrite the cost of organizing and promoting this online event. The four models selected will be raced as one-design fleets, with a different boat in each division. When competitors choose their division, they’ll find themselves at the helm of one of the following:

Competitors register to race at 2020 Online Newport Bermuda Race and follow instructions from there.

The Dehler 46 is a fast and comfortable three-cabin cruiser/racer designed for North Sea performance by Judel/Vrolijk. It is a great example of the style of boats commonly sailed by amateurs in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. Sponsored by Dehler Yachts/McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers.

The Xp 55 is designer Neils Jeppesen’s elegant flagship in X-Yachts’ top performance line of models. Fast, sophisticated, and featuring a luxurious interior, this racer/cruiser measures 57 feet from bowsprit to transom.  Sponsored by X-Yachts/X-Yachts USA.
The Italia 14.98 is a new Maurizio Cossutti design by Italia Yachts and is available as a Sport or Blue Water model. Hull No. 1 won’t get wet until August, but that won’t slow down the online fleet sailing this high-performance cruiser/racer. Sponsored by Italia Yachts/David Walters Yachts.
The Sun Fast 3300, designed by Guillaume Verdier/Daniel Andrieu and launched to acclaim in 2019, is suited to shorthanded sailing. The infusion-manufactured hull has an overall length of 34’5” and sports twin rudders and carbon rig. Sponsored by Jeanneau North America.
The next edition of the Newport Bermuda Race is scheduled to begin on June 17, 2022.
Contact: 
John Burnham, Newport Bermuda Race Media Team
media@bermudarace.com +1-401-835-2686 (US)
About the race: First run in 1906, the Newport Bermuda Race is co-organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It is managed by the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, a joint working group. Learn more.