Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - LEADERBOARD

America's Cup Hall of Fame will induct Peter Montgomery and Ed Baird in 2021

by Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup HoF 6 Aug 03:35 PDT 6 August 2020
Peter Montgomery with Ed Baird commentating on the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland © Sail-World Archives



The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame welcomes Peter Montgomery and Ed Baird to the America's Cup Hall of Fame as inductees for the Class of 2021.

They will be formally inducted in March 2021.

The America's Cup Hall of Fame has inducted over ninety individuals since its founding in 1992. Candidates eligible for consideration include members of the crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers, and other individuals of merit. Each nominee is judged on the basis of outstanding ability, international recognition, character, performance, and contributions to the sport. The members of the Selection Committee are intimate with the history and traditions of America's Cup and are committed to the integrity of the Hall of Fame.

Peter John Montgomery MBE (NZL)

From Newport in 1980 onwards, Peter "PJ" Montgomery covered twelve America's Cup series through a period of profound change as a broadcaster and as the "Voice of the America's Cup." His distinctive delivery and riveting commentary have captured, entertained, and informed audiences, making him an instantly recognizable and popular figure in the America's Cup.

Montgomery's commentary captivated not just sailors but millions of non-sailors, converting many into knowledgeable fans of the sport. This growth in the mainstream public's interest in the America's Cup fostered commercial and government support for the Cup-encouraging new teams and new countries to compete for yachting's oldest prize. When Hollywood produced Wind, a feature length movie about the Cup, Montgomery was invited to play the commentator.

Montgomery helped convince Michael Fay to lead New Zealand's first America's Cup challenge; KZ-7 made an impressive debut in the 1986-87 series, finishing as a runner-up in the challenger trials. This promising start led to New Zealand's long record of participation and eventual America's Cup victories. Without his enthusiasm and strong support of sailing, it is doubtful New Zealand would have entered the international world of sailing in the way that it did in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Over his fifty-year career, Montgomery strove for accuracy, earning the trust of his audience and the sport's competitors. As a result, he has earned recognition in his home country and overseas, including "Sports Journalist of the Year" and several "Sports Broadcaster of the Year" awards. In 2021, he will be the first chronicler from New Zealand to be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame.


Phillip Edward Baird (USA)

Ed Baird is a two-time winner of the America's Cup-as coach of Team New Zealand in 1995 and as helmsman of Team Alinghi in 2007.

In 1995, Baird's guidance on match racing tactics and work as tune-up skipper contributed to Team New Zealand's success in San Diego where they defeated the defender, led by Dennis Conner, in five straight races. Baird recalls, "My experience with Team New Zealand was incredible because it really opened my eyes to the levels people could reach. I thought I knew a lot of the better sailors in the world until I got onto that team and realized there was another substantial step up. It was also impressive to be in a group that was pushing the limits in many areas of the sport, but that was also on a very limited budget." Later that year, Baird went on to win the IYRU Match Racing World Championship as a further testimony of his exceptional racing skills.

For the next America's Cup cycle, Baird was the skipper of the New York Yacht Club's America's Cup challenge in 2000. The Club had high hopes for winning the Cup, but fell into trouble when its fast but fragile boat, Young America, split in half during a race in November 1999. It was a crushing setback, and the team never recovered.

During the 2003 America's Cup, Ed Baird and fellow Class of 2021 inductee, Peter Montgomery, were co-commentators for both TV New Zealand and OLN's coverage of the Cup series in Auckland.

After Switzerland's Team Alinghi captured the America's Cup in 2003, it hired Baird as a helmsman for the team's defense in 2007. The 2007 America's Cup was a close match. But Baird and skipper Brad Butterworth kept their cool against their former team and challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. The most exciting moment was at the end of Race Seven. A sudden, late wind shift gave New Zealand the lead just before the finish, but the Kiwis had to perform a penalty turn before crossing the finish line. While New Zealand was completing its turn, Alinghi skillfully regained the lead and won the race by just one second to successfully defend the Cup with a 5-2 series score. Baird was named the International Sailing Federation's Rolex Sailor of the Year for the achievement.

Baird continues to be very active at a grand prix level, but also enjoys supporting his sons' efforts to reach the top of the sport.

America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee

R. Steven Tsuchiya, Chairman Stuart Alexander B. Devereux Barker III Margherita Bottini John S. Burnham Brad Butterworth William Collier Bob Fisher German Frers Richard Gladwell Jack Griffin Halsey C. Herreshoff Gary Jobson Andrew Johns John Lammerts van Bueren Elizabeth E. Meyer Rob Mundle Angus Phillips Hamish Ross Bruno Troublé Tom Whidden

About the Herreshoff Marine Museum

The Herreshoff Marine Museum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, is a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) was most notable for producing fast sailing yachts, including eight America's Cup defenders, and steam-powered vessels. The museum, situated near Narragansett Bay on the grounds where the manufacturing company once stood, has a collection of over sixty boats including Nathanael Greene Herreshoff's Clara, built in 1887, Harold Vanderbilt's Trivia, and the 1992 ACC yacht, Defiant.

herreshoff.org/achof

Related Articles

Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal winners announced
The America's Cup Hall of Fame to award Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal to Maldwin and Antony The Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal, instituted by the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2018, recognizes the spirit of the America's Cup, as set down by the founding donors in their Deed of Gift "to promote friendly competition between foreign countries." Posted on 21 Apr
Ultimate Virtual Tour of Herreshoff Marine Museum
Learn about the variety of tools and methods used to make the wonderful half-models This week, we're heading to HMM's version of Capt. Nat's workshop. You can learn about the variety of tools and methods used to make all of those wonderful half-models and then to turn them into world-class boats, both power and sail. Posted on 5 Apr
Ultimate Virtual Tour of Herreshoff Marine Museum
With historian Maynard Bray and Halsey Herreshoff Today, we're bringing you on the ultimate insider tour at the Herreshoff Marine Museum with historian Maynard Bray and Halsey Herreshoff (in a video by our friends at Off Center Harbor). Posted on 29 Mar
America's Cup Hall of Fame announces new inductees
merica's Cup Hall of Fame inducts Franklin Osgood, Bryan Willis, and Rolf Vrolijk The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame welcomes Franklin Osgood, Bryan Willis, and Rolf Vrolijk, to the America's Cup Hall of Fame as the inductees of the Class of 2020. Posted on 10 Mar
America's Cup Hall of Fame 2019 inductees
Dyer Jones, Henry Racamier and Bill Trenkle Bill Trenkle is among the leaders who exemplifies what racing in the America' Cup symbolizes. He was part of both winning and losing campaigns and had an excellent reputation for his skills and integrity. Posted on 15 Jul 2019
Setting sail in America: Herreshoff S Class
Lecture celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the class Lifelong sailors, Alan and his son Cory have been always been passionate about the sea. In 2005, the duo joined the classic racing circuit by purchasing Firefly, a 1926 S boat, which they campaign together. Posted on 11 May 2019
2018 America's Cup Hall of Fame Inductions
Ceremony and dinner to be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame will induct John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson, Syd Fischer, and Ken McAlpine into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on August 31, 2018 at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England. Posted on 14 Aug 2018
Charlie Enright and the Volvo Ocean Race
Herreshoff Marine Museum lecture on 14th May Hometown hero and Bristol native, Charlie Enright returns to the Herreshoff Museum to discuss his return to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition following a debut campaign as skipper of Team Alvimedica in 2014-15. Posted on 8 May 2018
America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct Ken McAlpine
America's Cup Hall of Fame 2018 inductee announced The America's Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992, as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America's Cup defender and grandson of legendary yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Posted on 21 Mar 2018
Lecture: "Pedigree, Provenance, and Program"
Quite a number of Herreshoff built boats have come through the restoration program Though the vessel may arrive looking more like a pancake than a runabout a glance at the engine or the paint behind the speedometer can set the Chris Craft aficionado into throws of ecstasy. Posted on 8 Jan 2018
Highfield Boats - Sailing - FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERCyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTER