I also sailed at SSA and my experience with the judges was positive. One judge boat was following me fairly close on an upwind leg and I tacked. They promptly got out of they way. I am for the use of judges. I have observed too many obvious rule 42 violations. It is sad that some sailors are more interested in winning than is good sportsmanship, but as long as this is the case we need the judges. Of course they need to be competent.