At the Olympic level, most sailors use coaches, and multiple coaches at that. Not many years ago this was rare, but this is the nature of Olympic competition today. Coaches are a critical part of the team. There are many logistical tasks they assume, and act as psychologists, speed specialists, or mentors. Sailors improve the fastest when they are able to maximize their time on the water, and both sailors and their coaches must be careful that creativity during a race is not lost. As depicted in the film “Chariots of Fire,” for example, the gold medalist in the l00-meter dash trained with a coach for months leading up to the Games, but on race day the runner was on his own and won. The coach realized there was nothing more he could do; come race time it was all up to the athlete. I wonder how the dynamics of the Olympic regatta would change if sailing coaches could only watch from ashore.