Rick is a unique weather guy. He combines over 48 years of yacht racing and cruising experience with forecast skills learned as a U.S. Navy meteorologist and oceanographer. He received dual Master of Science degrees in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. He received the designation as Certified Consulting Meteorologist by the American Meteorology Society in 2014. While serving in the Navy, one of his responsibilities included Chief Meteorologist at sea onboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group and accompanying air wing, cruiser and destroyer ships and submarines. His weather forecasting abilities were paramount for safe operation of every vessel under his surveillance. His tactical skills enabled optimization of sensor employment and weapons delivery from ships and aircraft. Ashore, Rick provided forecasts to support safety at sea of Department of Defense assets including ship routing to avoid hazardous weather.
Since Rick’s retirement from the Naval service in 2002, he began full time operations of his company, Weatherguy.com headquartered in Hawaii. He provides clients worldwide with unique services by using his expertise acquired in the military. Rick continues to develop tailored support products and services to meet the requirements of his clients in a changing climate. The company motto: “Predict, Provide, Protect” emphasize his commitment to safety and security of the operation.
For the past 21 years, Rick has enjoyed racing and cruising sailboats in the Hawaiian Islands. Sailing various types of boats since childhood, he grew to appreciate the value of a good weather forecast. He currently owns SV HEAT WAVE (J/110) and has raced in West Marine Pacific Cups, Transpacific Yacht races, and local club races. He lives by the beach with his wife and son.
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