Chris Bedford has been predicting the weather for over 30 years. Growing up sailing on and immersed in the active weather of the Great Lakes, Chris graduated from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, receiving his degree with honors from the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department in 1986. He founded Sailing Weather Service in 1998 after 10 years as an environmental consultant and 2 years as Operations Manager at a large commercial weather forecasting operation.
Chris Bedford’s sailing weather experience is extensive and successful.
- A veteran of 9 America’s Cup cycles (1987 through 2013), Chris has been with more winning America’s Cup campaigns than any other meteorologist.
- Team meteorologist for 6 Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread teams, including the winning teams in 2001/02 (illbruck), 2008/09 (Ericsson) and 2014/15 (Abu Dhabi) – again, more winning efforts than any other meteorologist .
- He was team meteorologist with 4 US Sailing Olympic campaigns – Barcelona, Savannah, Sydney and Athens – teams that accumulated a total of 17 medals.
- Chris has consulted on numerous adventure records, including the all time trans-Atlantic sailing speed record set by the French trimaran, Banque Populaire (3 days 15 hours 25 minutes).
- Over the years, Chris has provided thousands of hours of weather instruction to a wide range of audiences from beginning sailors to world champions.
Chris has been recognized for his outstanding work and dedication to sailing and his profession:
- In 2004, Chris received the US Sailing President’s Award specifically for his work with the US Sailing Team at the Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
- In 2009, he was awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award.
- Chris was awarded status as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) by the American Meteorological Society in 1994. At that time, he was the youngest person to ever receive the CCM designation. Currently, there are approximately 400 active CCMs nationwide.
He has served as President of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists and on a number of professional boards and committees with the American Meteorological Society, Air and Waste Management Association, and the former Commercial Weather Services Association. Over the years, Bedford has written and presented numerous technical papers at conferences and for refereed scientific journals, and has been an invited speaker and instructor.
Aside from forecasting the weather, Bedford remains active in and out of sailing:
He is a member of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI;
Has been a licensed airplane pilot since 1994;