Everyone knows that in a team race, the boat in 1st gets 1 point, the boat in 2nd gets 2 points, (etc.) and the team with the fewest points wins.
However, what happens to boats that are OCS, do not start or retire? Looking at the rule book you will find:
Each boat finishing a race shall be scored points equal to her finishing place. All other boats shall be scored points equal to the number of boats entitled to race.
When a boat is scored OCS, 10 points shall be added to her score unless she retired as soon as possible after the starting signal.
So – in 3 boat team racing:
If a boat doesn’t start, retires during the race, or fails to finish correctly they are scored 6 points.
If a boat is OCS and does not return, they are given their finishing position and 10 points is added to their score.
Please also read our more in-depth article about Scoring a Team Race.