Meet Our Instructors

Bill Biewenga

Bill Biewenga is one of America’s most accomplished offshore sailors. He has accumulated approximately 400,000 sea miles including 39 transatlantic crossings, several TransPacs, participation in 4 Whitbread Round the World Races, numerous record attempts, deliveries, regattas and offshore races.  He has crewed with teams that set four world speed records including San Francisco to Boston (Great American II, 1993, by way of Cape Horn double-handed), New York to Melbourne, Australia (Great American II, 2001, by way of the Cape of Good Hope double-handed), The Middle Sea Race (Zephyrus IV, 2001) and The Cape Town to Rio Race (Zephyrus IV, 2000). Bill has worked as skipper, navigator, weather analyst/router, watch captain, helmsman, deck hand, and project manager over the years, collecting a vast amount of knowledge and experience.  Following the San Francisco to Boston speed record, Bill co-founded Weather Window, a groundbreaking weather-consulting firm that specialized in high accuracy weather forecasting for sports and special events around the world.  Early clients included ENZA’s ‘round the world speed record, Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup victories, the 1994 U.S. Mount Everest Expedition and a wide array of vessels making passages and racing worldwide.

He now uses his extensive background in his work as a photojournalist and weather routing consultant while continuing his participation aboard a variety of vessels in the world’s major offshore events.  In his work as a photojournalist, Bill has published over 450 magazine articles and numerous photographs in more than 20 magazines worldwide since September 1989.  Also ashore, he works as a routing consultant for boats in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific.  Vessels include both multi-hulls and monohulls doing speed record attempts, races, deliveries and cruises.  He wrote the definitive weather routing book, “Weather For Sailors”, offers seminars on numerous sailing related topics, and spends time racing and moving boats in a variety of locations around the world.  Currently, he is the C.O.O. for Qv21 Technologies, Inc., a ground breaking logistics software firm serving the Oil & Gas Industry and other commodity-related industries.