The New Olympic scoring is pretty clear with its requirements. If an event is a qualifier for the Olympics, we must use the new scoring system. Here is an excerpt from the ISAF news page: "1. Regatta Format An 11 race series (a 16 race series for the 49er). A Medal Race will be scheduled on the day designated for each class’s medal ceremony, even if the full schedule has not been completed by that day. The top 10 placed boats advance to the Medal Race. All boats advancing will be required to compete in the Medal Race. On the water umpiring will be used in the Medal Race. This format will apply to all test events and the 2008 Olympic Regatta (for all classes). 2. Scoring System There will be one discard for the series score but the Medal Race shall not be discarded. Competitors will carry their series scores (ie total of race scores after discard) through to the Medal Race. Race scores for the Medal Race will be doubled (ie 2 points for first, 4 points for second, and so on) and added to the series score. Any series tie after the Medal Race will be broken in favour of the boat finishing higher in the Medal Race. If the Medal Race is not completed, medals will be awarded based on the series score for all the prior races (in the normal way)." I propose we immediately begin using the new system for all events which could possibly be construed as part of the "ladder to the Olympics." Certainly this would include the Opti events where all the mommies and daddies think their kiddie is the next Robert Schiedt / Paul Elvstrom with only the best qualities of either gentleman.