The Road to Ensenada

RailMeets is proud to announce that we have been selected as the official crew and boat finder for the 73rd annual Newport to Ensenada race on April 24-28 2020. This is the 73rd running of the 125 mile classic that starts in Newport Beach California. The Race continues south along the coast to the finish at Ensenada in Baja Mexico.

In the coming days we will be posting more on the race and how to find crew or a boat on all the destination races that we are featuring. For more information about the race or to enter please visit https://nosa.org/

mmmmm cookies!

It you have logged into RailMeets in 2020 you will have seen the cookie policy notice. If you click accept it will go away and you will not see it again. If you ignore it you will see it the next time you log in. You probably noticed these things popping up all over the web and if you read things like website privacy policies and terms and conditions you would have noticed a few changes in ours. We are now compliant with the new California, European Union and European Economic Area data policies. Before you laugh those laws make your data more secure and includes stuff like “right to be forgotten”. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info@railmeets.com

Match Racing Anyone?

Match racing is one of the many areas of this sport that has been growing and in Chicago it has some very devoted sailors, Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club’s Windy City Team Race, Chicago Yacht Club’s Match Race Program or the Chicago Match Race Center, not to mention several programs on the east coast. RailMeets is happy to help you match racers get connected. Go to your crew profile and in the Sailing Types section be sure to check Match Racing. Also there is a Match Racing option for boats. Are you a Skipper for one of these Match Race programs? Set up a boat just for your match racing activities. Check the Show in Boat Finder box and make sure that you select Match Racing for sailing types. You can now use RailMeets to connect with your fellow match racers.

Official crew finder for the 2020 Newport to Bermuda Race

RailMeets is proud to announce that we have been selected as the official North American crew finder for the 2020 Newport to Bermuda race. With RailMeets you can add to your profile that you are available for the race. Go to My Info, then Crew Finder Profile, update, check Newport Bermuda Race and click on update. That’s it, ready to go.

Prospective skippers can search for crew that would like to do the race by using the filters. They can also search on specific skill sets needed to round out the crew.

See the official announcement here…
https://bermudarace.com/race-links-to-online-platforms-to-match-boats-and-crews/

For more information about the race see https://bermudarace.com/

Chicago NOOD or Don’t tell me tell RailMeets

It was great seeing many of you at this past weekends Chicago NOOD regatta. Thank you for your comments suggestions, complements and of course how can I forget sipping rum drinks on a T-10 while giving some training on the RailMeets dashboard. Thanks! But my favorite comment was from a J/109 skipper telling me how RailMeets changed his program, from finding crew to tracking the crew schedules. As he told me, when he gets a text from a crew saying they are available for a race he texts back “Don’t tell me, tell RailMeets!”


How did the boat I was on do? Well after sitting in the fog on Friday we got in four good races on Saturday. We were tied for second (with two other boats tied for first). We really needed a race on Sunday but more pea soup fog prevented that and after all the tie breakers were applied we ended up fourth. Not bad for a new program and a good chunk of the crew picked up from RailMeets.

A race like no other…

There are some sailboat races are special because of where they start, some are special because of where they finish and some are special because of their inherent challenge. Few are special because of all three. The Chicago Yacht Club’s race to Mackinac is one of those races. The race starts with the spectacular Chicago skyline as a backdrop for the start. Then the fleet heads north up Lake Michigan where conditions can range from dead calm with the nasty black fly to major gale force winds and tall choppy waves. 333 Miles later you are transported back in time to Mackinac Island, it’s a race like no other.


RailMeets has partnered with Chicago Yacht Club to provide the official crew finder for the Chicago to Mackinac race. To get yourself set up sign in to your RailMeets account then click on the silhouette (or picture) in the upper right corner, select My Profile. Scroll down to the Crew Finder Profile and select update profile.

Make sure Show on Crew Finder is selected and then scroll down and select Chicago to Mackinac in the Special Events Wanted section. Don’t forget to click on update.

It’s a similar procedure for updating your boats profile if you are looking for crew


Don’t have a RailMeets account? It’s free go to https://railmeets.com/ to learn more.

Chicago Yacht Club members can use https://cyc.railmeets.com/

Your Information

As RailMeets grew our users requested lots of new features some of them required you to input your preferences, account settings, notifications, crew finder profile etc. You had to hunt a bit to find all the places where you could change them. Hunt no more. We gathered them up and they are now all in one place. Click on the silhouette (or your picture) in the upper right corner and select My Info then edit away. Don’t forget to click on Submit when you are done.