All races are fleet races – all boats start at the same time. In each event, points from the worst race are discarded. The remaining points are added together to give an overall score to determine the medals.
Running the Olympic Sailing events is a highly complex operation. Officials will include equipment inspectors – ensuring all equipment is within the rules of the class and the competition; international judges – making decisions on rules questions and applying penalties when necessary; international race officers – ensuring all races are run fairly and within the rules of the competition; and international umpires – making on-the-water penalty decisions.