RE: Course Judging
To Bob first,
I whole heartily agree with every thing you said. I just think that the racing becomes more intense and competitive once the judges loosen up and make correct calls, not all calls. Let's face it, if a turn judge thinks they need to make a call on some plane that made a cut, but not sure who, he is going to call a cut on some plane and it may or not be the right call. In my opinion, it is better to make no call at all if you are unsure as a turn judge than some call on someone because you saw someone cut. On the other hand, a more practiced turn judge will see some airplane cut out of a group of four on the first lap, but has some idea who cut, but not for sure. He/She would not call a cut according to my instructions and wait for the same suspected plane to do it again. If it happens again, call a cut (not for the first "suspected" cut but for the immediate definite cut). If some plane manages to scape by a foot or two inside the pylon and you as a judge are not sure to call it in on - - let it go.
You have mentioned this before in the same discussion we are having now on this forum. In theory, it is a great idea, in practice, I am not so sure. All I can say is we could try it the first round of a race and if the turn judges like it, keep it there the rest of the race.