Eight Bells for Luiz Kahl

When a sailor has died he or she can be honored with the sounding of eight bells; meaning “end of the watch”. The term “eight bells” can also be used in an obituary, – Wikipedia

This past weekend the sailing community lost one of our giants, Luiz Kahl unexpectedly passed away on September 25. Luiz was the founder and developer of the popular software program YachtScoring. I had the pleasure of working with Luiz and his system to set up scoring for racing in the Chicago area. YachtScoring helped unify and connect the sport. Beercan racers to Grand Prix sailors used the system and the familiar interface has become the standard for the sport. Luiz will be missed.

24 hours a day…

We made a little tweak this week. Some of you were requesting to list the time for events in a 24 hr format. So we added this option. To access go to your profile (upper right corner click on your silhouette), select My Info. Then Update Account Settings, in Time Format select Display time in 24hr format. Don’t forget to hit submit.
All your events will now show the time in 24hr format

Making lemonade…

Lemons – First the COVID-19 statement. All RailMeets personnel are currently happy and healthy. We are Chicago based but we do work with vendors around the globe. Everyone is currently working from home and we are working hard. All of our suppliers have shared with us and assured us with their business continuity plans. RailMeets is in great shape, ready for use now and when this is over.


Lemonade – What are we working on? A healthy refresh of the site, you may have noticed some changes in the crew and boat finders, the signup pages, and general readability of the site, you will notice a cleaner crisper look. We are also freshening up the crew confirmation pages and most aspects of the mobile interface. This should make RailMeets faster and easier to use. We will be rolling out the new pages over the next 30 days.

Wondering how to do something in RailMeets? See our help pages (bottom of every page) or contact us at info@RailMeets.com
Pic by PhotoMIX

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

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/