We were introduced to Annapolis Yacht Club in a unique way. In 2020, they won a free trial of MarkSetBot at US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium. In just a short amount of time, they were hooked. Since then, they have acquired three Bots and have used them at several events. Just recently, we sent a Bot Tech down to run a full training session with members of their race committee to introduce more users to MarkSetBot and the #botterway to run races.
One member of this training session, Bruce Bingman, is quite familiar with using Bots as a PRO and was excited to gain more hands-on, operating experience. “My overall impression is that with training and care the Bots work well and are especially useful in deep water and situations where constant adjustment (such as start line length) is desired.” Over two days, our Bot Tech led attendees through “Bot Boot Camp,” teaching how to best manage the physical care of the Bots as well as showing some of our newest updates and features available to Bot operators.
In 2023 alone, Annapolis Yacht Club is hosting more than a dozen different events, ranging from casual (or not so casual depending on who you ask) beer can racing to National Championships. As with most yacht clubs across the country, the responsibility of setting and managing races and regattas falls on the shoulders of volunteers. And, as is the case with many yacht clubs, volunteer forces are declining, leading to smaller race committees. MarkSetBot helps clubs manage the entire racecourse even with limited volunteers and resources.
If your club is interested in receiving training, both virtual or in-person, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.