At MarkSetBot, we’ve had the privilege of working with world-renowned elite events, ranging from SailGP to the 52 Super Series and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. While these high-profile events certainly shine a spotlight on our Bots, it’s our partnerships with local clubs that have truly fostered our growth. One such club is the Annapolis Yacht Club.

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.

Conditions in Annapolis contribute to the Bot’s success. Shifty winds and current can make it difficult to set traditional marks, especially when frequent course changes are required. For AYC, one of the biggest benefits to using Bots is the ability to adjust the line length for different boats that are all racing on the same course. With just a couple clicks, the line can be precisely adjusted to the exact length and angle needed, keeping the course square for all competitors. And with a 2024 season that is looking to be just as busy as this past year, we know that the Bots will have their work cut out for them, and we cannot wait to see it.

If your club is interested in receiving training, both virtual or in-person, reach out to for more information.