Summer Series Scoring

As Fleet Captain at Cedar Point in Westport, I am looking into a different scoring system for our summer series. We currently use the Cox-Sprague system which I find confusing to follow. What are the other fleets/clubs using to score their summer series? Also welcome input and the advantages/disadvantages of each. Lastly, has anyone used the Sailwave program? I'm looking for some input from them as well. Thanks in advance. Mark FS 5516 Don't Panic

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I see no disadvantage to using the Low Point Scoring System.

I see no disadvantage to using the Low Point Scoring System. It is easy to implement, easy to understand, and seems to represent the true picture of how boats sailed and finished. Especially with regard to a series held over several days and how to score DNS, DNF, and DSQ. My only complaint is that they did away with the 3/4 pt for winning a race about 10 years ago. That 1/4 pt BONUS was a good thing and also helped to reduce ties that would occasionally happen. Sloop John B.

I've used the Sailwave software.

I've used the Sailwave software. Fairly easy to understand, does about anything I'd think you want it to do, the reporting is OK, and it's free. If you have any specific questions let me know.

We use the low point system for our series.

We use the low point system for our series. It works well for us. In the past I sailed in a fleet that used Cox-Sprague. It worked well with a smaller fleet where many times there would only be three boats out but other times there would be up to about ten. The advantage of Cox-Sprague is that it rewards you for beating more people- a first place out of 10 boats is more points than a first place out of 3 boats. This can keep someone for being rewarded for only showing up when there aren't as many others boats there. The disadvantage is that it is a little more confusing, and, unless you carry a scoresheet and calculator with you, you won't know how you did until the race is scored. I use Sailwave for scoring larger regattas, especially if there is a Portsmouth fleet. It works well, but can have a few quirks that take a little getting used to. I tried one or two other free scoring programs in the past, but ended up being happiest with Sailwave. Someone else scores our fleet series; he just uses Excel. (That's an advantage of the low-point system- it is very straightforward!)

For a series scoring system where you have variations in the num

For a series scoring system where you have variations in the number of boats sailing, the high point system is fairer as it awards a higher score when there are more boats in a race. The low point system gives the first place sailor the same number of points in a 3 boat race as it would in a 25 boat race, thats just not right. For a club where you have approximately the same number of boats racing in each race, either system will give the same overall result. But where there are variations in the number of boats per race the two systems can yield different results overall. I have developed a manual technique that I use on the water for calculating the results of a days worth of racing. Works well. No calculator needed most of the time, only if there are DSQ,DNF, DNS. Peter Vero Beach

For the Melges 24 US Nationals Series, we are using the high poi

For the Melges 24 US Nationals Series, we are using the high point scoring for PC's exact reason. But in our club series, we almost always have the same number of boats and we use Java Score. Travis