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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As they say on YouTube “Like, Share and Subscribe”
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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
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.