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MarkSetBot collaborates with US Sailing to facilitate racing

by Jan Harley 4 Jun 2020 07:39 PDT
MarkSetBot collaborates with US Sailing to facilitate racing © Marksetbot

With a global pandemic forcing the adaptation of social distancing in all aspects of life, MarkSetBot, the company that pioneered sailing's first robotic mark, has partnered with the national governing body of the sport, US Sailing, to facilitate the ability of clubs and sailing organizations to get competitors out racing this upcoming season.

The MarkSetBot inherently allows for social distancing: it utilizes GPS and a smart phone to deploy race marks and set the course. Using MarkSetBot also generates an environmental bonus by eliminating the need to tow buoys out to the course which dramatically reduces the typical fossil fuel consumption of multiple race committee vessels to lessen the carbon footprint of an event. On a practical note, a club - utilizing two boats to set race marks an average of eight days a month - would likely see a cost savings by utilizing a MarkSetBot package. For organizations running more races, the savings would be higher.

Through a special promotion, MarkSetBot is offering US Sailing organizational members a discount of 33% on a three-bot, three-month lease, essentially the equivalent of a month free. Additional details on the program may be found at

"MarkSetBot's mission is to grow the sport of sailing," said founder and creator Kevin Morin. "We know the sport needs tools to resume racing safely and we hope that by partnering with US Sailing to provide a significant discount on MarkSetBots, we can provide access to a powerful tool for social distance race organization."

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