A meteorologst's role in an Olympic yachting team
At Olympic level, yacht crews are so well trained that speed through the water is very little different from one boat to another. Small changes in wind direction can help crews to take short cuts when beating to weather, and changes in wind strength need to be countered by gear and sail adjustments. Crews who can anticipate small but likely changes in the weather have many advantages and can work out racing tactics in advance. At all Olympic Regattas since 1972 the leading nations have included a meteorologist in their yachting teams.