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The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - RIO 2016 -

There are six dif­fer­ent classes of boat, but the scor­ing is con­sis­tent across the events. Sailors first com­pete in a se­ries of 10 or 12 races, ac­cru­ing points based on their fin­ish­ing po­si­tions. The first boat gets one point, the sec­ond boat gets two, and so on — so the fewer points, the bet­ter. Crews are al­lowed to dis­card their worst score. The 10 boats with the low­est to­tals then qual­ify for the medal race, dur­ing which dou­ble points are awarded and added to the to­tal score. The boat with the low­est score then wins.

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