Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2024 February Outlet - 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 2020 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

Join us for America's Cup Hall of Fame induction
Honoring John "JB" Barnitt, Iain Murray & Hope Goddard Iselin Bill Lynn, President of the Herreshoff Marine Museum and the America's Cup Hall of Fame, and Steve Tsuchiya, America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair, invite you to join them for the 2023 America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Posted on 25 Aug 2023
Join the Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
Or the Newport-to-Bristol Feeder Race this summer Each year, a mix of gorgeous big boats and one-designs gathers for a weekend of exciting racing on scenic courses on the bay and terrific social events. Posted on 8 Jun 2023
Herreshoff Marine Museum unveils new exhibit
The Hodgdon Collection of America's Cup Models - 1851-1937 The Herreshoff Marine Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, "Challengers, Defenders, and Contenders: The Hodgdon Collection of America's Cup Models - 1851-1937." Posted on 5 May 2023
Herreshoff Marine Museum receives Singoalla Award
The award is given to an individual or institution who made major contribution to Helsinki Symposium The 10th edition of the Helsinki Classic Yacht Symposium has given the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame the first, newly instigated Singoalla Award. Posted on 22 Apr 2023
America's Cup Hall of Fame announces new inductees
The America's Cup Hall of Fame has inducted nearly a hundred individuals since its founding in 1992. The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame welcomes John "JB" Barnitt, Iain Murray, and Hope Goddard Iselin as Class of 2023 inductees of the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Posted on 6 Apr 2023
America's Cup Hall of Fame 2022 inductees
Larry Ellison, Dirk Kramers, and Dawn Riley are the Class of 2022 Last Friday evening (Oct 14) at the New York Yacht Club's Model Room, Dawn Riley, Dirk Kramers, and Larry Ellison were formally inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame as the Class of 2022. Posted on 21 Oct 2022
America's Cup Hall of Fame's Sutton Medal
To be presented at the Royal Thames Yacht Club The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that the Sutton Medal will be presented to Antony Matusch and the family of the late Maldwin Drummond on November 12th. Posted on 23 Aug 2022
America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction announcement
Larry Ellison, Dirk Kramers and Dawn Riley will be welcomed to the NYYC The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame is happy to announce that the 2022 America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will be in the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club. Posted on 16 Aug 2022
2022 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta preview
Part of the CYOA Classic Yachts Challenge Series Each year, a mix of gorgeous big boats and one-designs gathers for a weekend of exciting racing on scenic courses on the bay and terrific social events. Posted on 6 Aug 2022
Join the 2022 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
A mix of gorgeous big boats and one-designs Each year, a mix of gorgeous big boats and one-designs gathers for a weekend of exciting racing on scenic courses on the bay and terrific social events. Posted on 23 Jul 2022
Zhik 2024 February Outlet - FOOTERMelges 2023 - Melges 15 FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTER