A winner of 17 professional competitions, he also took part in the 1995 America's Cup (as 'B' helmsman for Team New Zealand) and in the 2000 event at the helm of Young America. Ed Baird is an all-round sailor, has competed in two Whitbread Round-the-World races and is an 8-times world champion, most notably in the 'Laser' and 'J 24' classes. In 2004 he was nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of The Year Award, and is current leader of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.
Team Alinghi is delighted to be able to welcome Ed Baird. Training for the America's Cup 2007 will begin in Valencia next March.
Jochen Schuemann, Sports Director commented: 'Ed Baird is a great champion and we're delighted to welcome him on board as helmsman. His Match Racing skills - he is leading the World Match Race Ranking - and his AC experience as helmsman of Young America in 2000 - will add value to our in-house competition and therefore give us an extra boost as Alinghi prepares to defend the Cup'.
'It's a great privilege for me to join Jochen Schuemann, Peter Holmberg and the whole Alinghi Team. Alinghi's efforts in the 2003 Cup were quite impressive, and I am honoured to be included on this team and contribute to the defence of the America's Cup in 2007'. Baird noted on joining Alinghi.