With one month remaining to the start of the King Edward VII Gold Cup, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Andrew Cox today announced that Ed Baird, the America's Cup-winning helmsman from Alinghi, has entered the $100,000 match race regatta.

Baird is one of 24 skippers entered in the centennial anniversary Gold Cup, scheduled Oct. 9-14 in Hamilton Harbour. Other entrants include last year's finalists, England's Ian Williams of Team Pindar and France's Mathieu Richard of the Saba Sailing Team. Williams defeated Richard, 3-1, last year in the first Gold Cup final for both skippers.

Baird, who helmed Alinghi's yacht in winning the 32nd America's Cup last July, has entered the Gold Cup for the 13th time. Previously he has placed third overall four occasions, most recently in 2004.

Baird's not the only America's Cup helmsman entered in the event. Others include Italy's Paolo Cian of South Africa's Team Shosholoza and Sweden's Magnus Holmberg of the Victory Challenge.

Other returning competitors include Bermudian Blythe Walker who finished third last year, which equalled the best finish by a Bermudian since Gordon Lucas won in 1986. Eric Monnin of Switzerland also returns after placing fourth last year. Sweden's Bjorn Hansen, fifth last year, and Finland's Staffan Lindberg, seventh a year ago, are also entered.

The Gold Cup is slated as Stage 14 of 16 of the World Match Racing Tour. The tour champion at the end of the year will be named the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. The winner of the Gold Cup will earn $35,000 of the $100,000 prize purse.