Ed Baird

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Ed Baird
Ed Baird with the America's Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, 2007.jpg
Born (1958-05-17) May 17, 1958 (age 56)
Nationality United States of America
Occupation Professional sailor, author, lecturer

Ed Baird (born 17 May 1958) is an American sailor. He was a coach of the 1995 America's Cup-winning Team New Zealand and a helmsman for the 2007 America's Cup-winning Alinghi syndicate.[1]

Growing up in Florida, Baird raced in the Optimist class at junior level, before moving onto other dinghies. He won the World Laser Championships in 1980 and the World J/24 Championships in 1983.[1][2]

Coaching Career[edit]

Baird joined Team New Zealand as a coach for the 1995 America's Cup, guiding the syndicate to New Zealand's first ever Cup win. In the same year, he won the World Match Racing Championships,[2] and was named the US's Yachtsman of the Year.[3]

In 1999, he skippered Young America in the Louis Vuitton series to determine the challenger for the following year's America's Cup, but the syndicate's challenge faltered when one of its two yachts nearly sank in a race against a Japanese team.[4]

Open Water Racing[edit]

Baird has also ventured into open water racing, having competed in round the world races in 1997–98 (for Innovation Kvaerner) and 2001–02 (for Djuice Dragons).[2] As part of these offshore racing challenges, Baird was a member of the winning team in the grueling, Sydney to Hobart Race in 2000, aboard the maxi yacht, Nicorette.[5]

As the helmsman of the Alinghi team for the 2007 America's Cup, he led the syndicate to win the series 5-2 against his former team, Team New Zealand.[6] Later in 2007, he was named the International Sailing Federation's male World Sailor of the Year.[3]

Winning 4 of 5 events, Baird skippered Alinghi’s Extreme 40 to a dominant win on the iShares Extreme-40 Catamaran Circuit in 2008. He then coached team owner, Ernesto Bertarelli, who helmed the massive catamaran, Alinghi 5 in the 2010 America's Cup.

In 2011, Baird skippered the US-flagged, Quantum Racing TP 52 to win both the Audi MedCup Series and the TP 52 World Championship.[7] Baird currently races on international circuits for the TP 52, Melges 32, and RC 44 (2012 Match Racing Champion).[8]

While best known as a champion match racer and fleet racing helmsman, Baird has also coached world and Olympic champions such as Anna Tunnicliffe, Sally Barkow and Kevin Mahaney. He was a premier instructor for North-U’s Tactical and speed clinics in the 90’s, has written an instructional book (Laser Racing) and over a hundred tactical how-to articles. Baird has worked with ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, Versus and Television New Zealand as an expert commentator for shows about sailboat racing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Great Week and a Great Year for Ed Baird". sailworld.com. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ed Baird". 32nd America's Cup: official website. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Claire LEROY And Ed BAIRD Enter The Select Circle". International Sailing Federation. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ McFadden, Suzanne (10 November 1999). "Baird crew overboard as wave hits challenge". The Independent. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Lulham, Amanda, and James Breshnehan. "Sweden Smell of Success." Hobart Mercury, 29 Dec. 2000
  6. ^ Engeler, Eliane (8 July 2007). "Swiss celebrate return of America's Cup winner Alinghi". USA Today. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.transpac52.org/teams/teams2008/quantum-racing.html
  8. ^ http://www.rc44.com/teams/view/synergy_sailing_team