a methodology used to select the winner of a race or of a series of races. In a Low Point System, a boat’s score is her finishing place without regard to how many competitors were entered in the race or finished later. The boat with the fewest cumulative points at the end of a race or series of races is the winner. This is one of two scoring systems defined by the Racing Rules of Sailing and is the one predominantly used, unless the applicable Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions identifies another scoring system. The alternative defined scoring method is the Bonus Point System. See also: Cox-Sprague Scoring System and High Point System.