I was primary designer for the course today, although I got valuable input from Bill Headlee via email and Steve Mieritz at set-up as well as opinions from the rest of the set-up crew as we went. Originally, I had no "kink" in the west course "sweeper" (headed south); Steve suggested that the speeds would be too high headed towards the "moors" and the kink was our solution. I think that solution worked and added character to that side.
My goals were to have a nicely flowing course that avoided the previously patched areas. When we were setting up, we knew that some of the previously unused areas that we had on course now would probably "chunk up" as used. This did happen and the course was changed between heats, although I think that the change, although lengthening the course slightly, did flow even better and the times would be comparable. There was also a time (I mapped out what I thought would be the course during last week) where there was some discussion about running the first lot (the westernmost lot, the one you turned in to after the "island") clockwise and adding a "pivot cone" towards the southeast corner and then running the same course counter-clockwise after pivoting. The experienced feedback I got suggested that a nicer flowing course with a quicker time would be better than a feature that might be hated (I personally hate pivot cones, but the suggestion had some intreague, so I sought input from others). The feedback I got on this issue on site seemed to favor the way we set up.
So, I am looking for feedback on a few questions:
1. In general, did people enjoy the course?
2. Would people have prefered the longer course that may have had a painful feature or did they appreciate the flow of this course?
3. Did the change to the course between first and second heats make a definate difference in times? (I know it was safer and restricted the wear on the lot)
All construtive criticism is welcome. If you just want to call me fat, middle aged and bald, although it is true, it is not constructive in this case LOL.