Five top-level sailors have been added to Quantum Racing’s 2011 team roster, with several crew members returning for another season. In addition to Ed Baird as helmsman, Quantum Racing also welcomes Matt Cassidy to mid-bow, Ben Durham as runner, Grant (Louie) Loretz as trimmer, and Joe Spooner as grinder.
Ed Baird has racing experience in nearly every type of boat including the TP52. Baird was the winning helmsman of America’s Cup 32 aboard Alinghi, the 2007 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, and part of the 1995 America’s Cup winning team, Team New Zealand. Baird has raced in the Whitbread Round-the-World Race, is a three-time Match Racing World Champion and the only American ever to reach #1 on the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings. He also has extensive Grand Prix and Olympic racing experience and numerous World, International, and North American one-design championships to his credit.
Matt Cassidy comes from a very successful campaign in the RC44 class with Team Aqua. Matt’s background also includes achievements in the Farr40 and Farr30 classes and the Areva/K-Challenge America’s Cup team.
Ben Durham has been part of the America’s Cup since 2000, sailing with the Young Australia Challenge, Oneworld Challenge, and Luna Rossa Challenge. He continued sailing with Luna Rossa on the STP 65, the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and in the 2010 MedCup.
Grant (Louie) Loretz has been a key member of Emirates Team New Zealand since 1987 in both the MedCup and America’s Cup. He also holds five world championships and many top finishes in multiple fleets including Farr 40, Melges 32, 1D48, Maxi worlds and IMS regattas.
Joe Spooner began his career in the Finn, competing in the 1996 games for New Zealand. He has a history of winning, from the 2010 America’s Cup with Oracle Racing to numerous events onboard the maxi yacht, Alfa Romeo. Joe also has MedCup experience with Artemis in 2007 and 2008.
Returning crew members include:
Greg Gendell, Bow - Greg has been with Quantum Racing since the start in 2008. He has four additional World Championships to his credit, as well as two America’s Cup campaigns with Stars & Strips and Abracadabra, and the Whitbred Round The World Race on Chessie Racing.
Tom Burnham, Pit - Tom raced in the last three America’s Cups, with Young America, Prada, and Luna Rossa. Tom joined Quantum Racing in 2008 and won the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice with Team Azzura.