<p>Frank Bethwaite (1920, Wanganui, New Zealand – May 12, 2012) was an award-winning boat designer, author and Olympic meteorologist.
Bethwaite built his first boat (a 16 ft sailing canoe) as a teenager. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War, becoming a flight instructor and test pilot before flying bombing missions over the Pacific during 1944 and 1945. After the war he became a commercial airline pilot for Tasman Airways (later Air New Zealand).
Bethwaite had four children with his wife Nel: Christine, Mark (an Olympic and World Championship competitor), Nicky and Julian (also a boat designer). After settling in Sydney, Bethwaite designed a small boat suitable for his youngest children to use to learn how to sail. This became known as the Northbridge Junior (now known as the 9er). Bethwaite is most well known for designing the Tasar.
In 2006 he won an Innovation Hero lifetime achievement award from the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney for the design and commercialisation of innovative high-performance sailing craft. He died in 2012.
During his time as the meteorologist for the Australian sailing team at</p>