As you watch the progress of Rich and the other skippers in the Vendée Globe you can see that success requires having a diverse set of skills. Expedition leaders need math and geometry to be able to navigate and make calculations. Knowledge of physics, electronics, and engineering are necessary to troubleshoot and make repairs. Geography and meteorology are needed to interpret weather charts, plan routes, and avoid storms. Expedition leaders also need language, speaking and writing skills in order to communicate effectively in updates and live interviews. In summary, expedition leaders and Vendée Globe skippers need to be proficient in multiple areas.