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If an event has more than one race, NOR will automatically start a series score, and create the series page for you. NOR will default to the low points system of scoring. You may chose your series scoring method on the event editing page. When you have more than one race scored for the event, the option to choose your scoring method will be offered below the list of races on the event's editing page.

Series Scoring Methods:

There are numerous points scoring systems in use. Each one has certain benefits for leveling the playing field of your fleet. Some rules benefit those that typically finish in the top of the fleet, while other rules benefit the individual that consistently shows for each race, and finishes in the middle.

Low point systems tend to benefit those that finish well consistently, while bonus points systems can reward< those that finish orparticipate in races consistently.

For scoring a series, on the Event’s edit page, you can set the number of throw-out races for the series. Throw-outs benefit those that have a poor finish in a race in the series, or those that cannot make it to every race in a long series over time.

For more information on series scoring points concepts, see U.S. Sailings page:

In summary, low points with 1 or .75 points for a first produces the most straightforward results. Each of the calculated points systems have benefits for given situations, and depending on your fleet, may enhance participation by rewarding those that participate more often, or have a consistent finish. In running numerous sets of test cases, It is our opinion that the bonus systems tend to reshuffle the middle of the fleet based on the particulars of a rule. They also may significantly change the actual winners of the fleet. In any situation, it is recommend that your series clearly states before Sailing which method will be used, and stick with it.

Trying out different scoring methods with your events

N.O.R also allows you to easily test how these scoring methods may impact how your fleet:

Open a series results page.

In another browser window, go to the event’s edit page, or, if you are logged in as an organizer, you can click here:

If this event has more than one race, below all of the listed races you will see a box showing your selected series scoring method.Change this box to another method, and press the save changes button above it.

Go to the series results page, and refresh it (press F5 on most browsers). The page will reload with the series scored by the new rule.

A summary of each series scoring method, how they work, and our experience in how results are affected:


Low Point with 1 Point for First place in a race

 A low points system where the lowest points wins the series. Points equal their finish in each individual race.

Low Points with 3/4 point for First place in a race

A low points system where the lowest points wins the series. Points equal their finish in each individual race with the exception of the winner. If a competitor wins a race, they receive three quarters (3/4) of a point, Thus providing a bonus to those that win a race.

Bonus Points Method per Appendix A.

This system is a low points system as prescribed in US Sailings Appendix A. The System works by assigning points for a finish place in a given race with a first place receiving 0 points, second 3 points, third 5.7 points and so on down to seventh place receiving 13 points. For finishes lower then seventh, the score for a race is calculated as 13+(Finish place-7).

Like the low points system, this system seems to benefit most for those that consistently win and also benefits those that participate the most in races having consistent finishes towards the top of the fleet.

Cox Sprague High Points System

For more information on Cox-Sprague Scoring system, see:

Cox Sprague is a high points system that takes into consideration the number of competitors that show at the starting line for a given race, the more boats in the fleet, the more points you receive for a given race.

For Example:The first race has 7 competitors, and a first place finish is worth 66 points. The second race in the series has 12 competitors and first place is worth 87 points.

Like the low points bonus system, Cox-Sprague rewards the winners of a race quite well, but the rewards increase as the size of the fleet increases. Compared to the low points system, it also has the ability to reshuffle the middle of the fleet, favoring those that participate in races the most.

Cox Sprague with Perfection (total points/total points possible)

Like the basic Cox Sprague system, C-S with perfection is a high points system. The biggest difference is that after the perfection factor is applied, the first place score is 1 (perfection) with all other places having a decimal score less than one, and greater than zero.

In Summary:

P= Points Received after perfection
R=Points received per table for a given race
TPP=Total Points Possible for that race


In a fleet of 12 boats, the highest points possible is 87
A first place finish would receive 1 point
The second place finisher receives 81 points
81/87= 0.9310
A third place finish receives 77 points
77/87= 0.8851

The Cox Sprague with Perfection system seems to reduce some disparity in results when the fleet size varies widely from one race to another. It equally rewards the first place finish of a small fleet, and the large fleet to the same score, but gives a higher finish value to each competitor in the larger event. When compared to straight C-S, this system can change greatly the overall winner of a series, and reshuffles the middle only slightly.

Cox Sprague with Perfection has the additional benefit of decreasing the perceived numerical differences between competitors. This can keep participants showing up in a season long series, giving them hope to advance their standings in the fleet.

Championship Event and series scoring options

Championship events differ from regular events in that they do not have their own races, but they borrow results from other events. These events can be from any event organizer, allowing for inter-club, regional, and class championships.

When selecting events for a championship series, you can select from one of the following options when adding scores to the series.

An Event’s series results: The results of the series, as determined by that series scoring method.

All of the races from another event. Each individual race is imported into the championship series, and scored per the method selected for the championship

An individual race from another event. Like the above, you import a race, and only the race selected from an event.

All series scoring methods are available for championship series.

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