If you host a modest tournament, say an open with 40 foil fencers, 40 epee and 20 sabre, but it could end up a little bigger with walk-ins... Would you opt for a one-day tournament that might run late (but only if a lot more than the numbers above) or spread it over two days and get done by supper time both days? People will be traveling from 2 to 4 hours in quite a few cases, although most competitors will be local. We can probably set up as many as 9 strips fairly comfortably. Referees will be pretty good but some fencers will have to help in the pools. AskFred will be used so we generally have a good idea of the numbers beforehand.
I am asking for your opinion as a competitor/fencer. Try to consider the assumptions as much as possible.