A fourth-generation boat racer who first raced a powerboat when he was only 9 years old, Bernard has collected an impressive number of trophies in his racing career.
Bernard got his first ride in a H1 Unlimited hydroplane in 2005 when he was 20 years old, driving Fred Leland’s U-99 Miss Lakeridge Paving in Seattle. A year later, he joined the Precision Performance Engineering’s team driving the U-5 Formula Boats from 2006-2010.
Born in Allen Park, Michigan, and currently a resident of Kent, WA, Bernard earned his first unlimited race victory at the 2008 Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, Indiana, driving the U-5 Formula Boats, then won the Bill Muncey Cup in San Diego later that season. His third career win came in 2009 at Evansville, Indiana. He also has collected a total of 27 preliminary heat victories during his H1Unlimited hydroplane career and finished second in the final national driver point standings three times.
In more recent years the 34 year-old co-drove the U-7 Spirit of Detroit with Bert Henderson in Detroit in 2018, the U-7 Graham Trucking in 2016, the U-21 Fox Plumbing and Heating in 2014, and the U-17 Miss Red Dot in 2012.
He also has been the back-up driver and radio spotter for the Spirit of Qatar race team when Kip Brown was driving that boat in 2013 and served that role for the Miss Madison race team in 2015.
Bernard holds nine national championships in limited hydroplane racing, 11 regional championships, three Summer National titles, two world championships, three Western Divisional titles, one Eastern Divisional title, one North American championship, and holds several world speed records. He also has been inducted into the APBA. Hall of Champions three times.
Bernard is employed by the Boeing Company, is married to Christabelle, and has two children: Blakely and Rilynn.