Seeing Wind in a New Way

As anyone who has been on a boat knows - there is no such thing as a "steady wind" - it's constantly moving - changing in speed and direction. In this Advanced MWU Advanced Class - Chris Bedford takes us "behind the scenes" to understand why the wind changes. Use that knowledge to help predict those changes. Here's some of the questions this course will address:

  • What are wind shifts?
  • What causes those shifts and puffs and lulls?
  • How can these shifts be characterized?
  • Can weather models predict wind shifts?
  • How can we predict the character of the wind?
  • How can understanding the wind's character help us predict wind shifts?
  • Should I go left or right to get to my destination fastest?
  • How do America's Cup teams gain by assessing the wind?

SAILORS & RACERS: This class will greatly enhance your understanding and knowledge of wind's changes.

MWU's Weather Guru Chris Bedford Previews this Class

This Class Has a Prerequisite!

Wind Shifts 201 is an advanced, stand-alone class that builds on the knowledge taught in MWU's Class #3 - Assessing the Wind. That class is part of both of MWU's acclaimed full-length courses: the Fundamentals Course and the Advanced Course. To ensure students get the most out of this new class - Wind Shifts 201 -we are requiring Class #3 as a minimum prerequisite.

If you are already enrolled in MWU's Advanced Course or Fundamentals Course - you meet the prerequisite and can enroll directly in this class.

For new students needing to meet the prerequisite - MWU is providing three options to "bundle" with Wind Shifts 201:

We encourage you to consider enrolling in one of our full-length courses with a very special discount offer. At a minimum you will need to bundle with Class #3.

Please play fair - students that enroll directly in this class without meeting the minimum class prerequisite will be unenrolled and have their tuition refunded.

Your instructor: Chris Bedford

Like all of Marine Weather University's curriculum - this course is created and taught by legendary meteorologist, Chris Bedford. To say Chris is one of the best marine meteorologists in the world would not be an understatement. He just returned home from his 10th gig as an America's Cup team forecaster. He's worked for Olympic teams, Round the World Race events and campaigns, and is one of the most in-demand forecasters in the world of sailboat racing.

Chris is known for his straight-forward, honest, and practical approach to using weather knowledge as a competitive advantage. He obtained his Meteorology degree at the University of Michigan and is highly regarded in his field, having served as President of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists and on many professional boards and committees including the American Meteorological Society,

Chris' partner in Marine Weather University - 2x America's Cup winner, Peter Isler helps out in the classroom.

Minimum pre-requisite bundle

Bundle Weather Models 201 with MWU's Course #3 to meet the pre-requisite requirement.

$199 ($69 bundle discount)


Meet this class' pre-requisite requirements with one of these three options

Bundle Weather Models 201 with MWU's flagship course - the 8 class Fundamentals Course to meet the pre-requisite requirement.

$619 ($99 bundle discount)


Ultimate pre-requisite bundle

Bundle Weather Models 201 with MWU's ultimate course - the 16 class Advanced Course!

$899 ($119 bundle discount)