I was cruising through the RailMeets Boat Finder looking to see what was going on the sailing world as well as looking for interesting boat profiles. You can learn a lot about a boat and program by reading the profiles. I see lots of you have beer, cold, free, craft are all options you can find. Some boats list the skills they are looking for from beginner to advanced, there is a seat available. Some of you extol your racing accomplishments and others have a Dude like laid back cruising style. These are all great conversation starters with prospective crew.
One thing I did notice was there were a lot of boats that did not yet have the Motto spot filled in. Not filling in the Motto section is kind of like putting up an ad to sell a car and then leaving out the details. Creativity is good here but not all of us have Mad Men levels of it. So what do you put on your boats profile? Tell us a little about your boat, when you race, the attitude on board, types of crew or positions that you are looking for. If you need crew for Wet Wednesday or the Sunday Commodore’s Series, let us know. Keep it short, keep it tight and the crew will start contacting you.
Chicago, IL (March 23, 2022)— RailMeets, the popular crew management and crew finder platform, has released a new, full-service, scoring system. The company has launched an integrated scoring solution to better meet the needs of Race Committees, Principal Race Officers, Skippers, and Crew.
John Madey, co-founder of RailMeets said, “Our scoring program is a very modern platform, utilizing newer technology than existing providers, to ensure maximum data safety and security. We designed it to integrate with all of our other software to create a comprehensive solution for users at all levels.”
The new cloud-based program has all the features of existing scoring systems. Race Committees will enjoy self-service regatta management, pricing, divisions, fleets, and race schedules. For Principal Race Officers there are privacy features designed to securely store all the necessary information about the regatta and the competitors.
There is one conversation that we at RailMeets have had with people all over the world. How do we match experienced skippers with new skippers to get them started in sail racing? RailMeets is doing its part to match them up. Say you are an experienced skipper that wants to give back. You can now check a box on your profile that indicates that you are open to mentor. If you are a newbie skipper and want some help you can check a box on your boats profile to indicate that you would like some help getting started. This is searchable in our crew/boat finder. Thanks to the three people that have already made themselves available to mentor as well as one boat that is looking for a mentor. Can any of our eastern Michigan peeps help him out?
Probably not, but if you want to learn more about how to use RailMeets? We have added our own YouTube channel. We will be doing short, less than 5 minutes videos on using RailMeets starting with how to get an account and basic site navigation. We will be posting as we complete them probably one a week or so. Have a topic you want to see covered? Drop us a note email@example.com
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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
During this extended start to the summer here at RailMeets we have been busy making improvement and making the system easier to use. When you log in today you will notice a couple of changes. From the Dashboard in the My Signups section click on View All. That will take you to the Change My Signups screen. There you will notice a new button “Try out the simplified signup screens in Our New Designs” Clicking on that will bring up the new signup screen.
Details about a specific event are on the left and details about your participation can be displayed on the right. We think this should provide a more concise view of the event and your participation. You can make your modifications on the right side and when you are done don’t forget to press update at the top or bottom of the screen.
New feature on the signups page – you can now search for specific events. Lets say you know that you want to do a race in August. You can search August and all the August races will come up or you can search Beercan and all the races that have “Beer can” in the title will come up. That should make finding things easier.
If you want to return to the regular view click on Classic Mode and you will be back to the familiar interface We hope you like it.
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
Need to update your email address? Click on your picture or the silhouette in the upper right corner and select My Info. From there you can edit your email, emergency contact, time zone and dietary preferences. Quick and simple. Have multiple accounts? Send us a note firstname.lastname@example.org and we can merge them for you.
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.
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.