Boat owners are you on the RailMeets Boat Finder? If you are not and you need crew you better get there. I currently own one boat and manage another. Each boat is getting 2-3 requests from crew every week. Need some help? See our new help center
Based on user feedback we made some tweaks to how the crew for your events are displayed. Now the first couple of leftmost spots are always the boat owner and the crew bosses. Next the the crew is listed by most active to least active, if there is a tie then the order is alphabetical. What was happening was there were a few owners /crew bosses that have busy travel schedules and had a habit of signing up late. The crew boss would confirm crew but accidentally leave off the owner because he was on the far right side, doh! Remember from left to right – owner and crew bosses first then crew with most activity listed to the left. Crew gets more points for being confirmed or standby, then available, maybe and unavailable. No points for not entering anything, aka “unknown”.
For the 2018 sailing season Chicago Area Sail Racing Association, CASRA has partnered with RailMeets for rating certificate storage. RailMeets was created to connect crew to skippers, manage crew and help yacht clubs organize their racing programs.
As per the CASRA NOR racers are required to submit their LMPHRF rating certificate. Today I am going to show you how to get started. Lets start at the CASRA homepage. Go to http://chicagosailracing.org/ and click on Rating Validation.
This will take you to https://casra.railmeets.com/signUp . If you are an existing RailMeets user you can log in using your current credentials, The following steps are similar if your start at RailMeets.com. If you are a new user you need to create an account. To get started we need your name, email address and password or use Google + or Facebook to get started. If you use Google or Facebook your basic information will automatically be transferred to RailMeets.
Now that you have an account you need to create your personal profile. We will get to your boat in a minute. Click on the silhouette in the upper right corner then select My Info. While you are there please select CASRA as your club.
When you select CASRA as your club you give RailMeets permission to share your basic information, name, email address, boat name and rating certificate with the five CASRA clubs.
Next step is to add your boat your boat to the system. Click on My Boats then Add Boat. For the boat we need some basic information to get started.
Next edit your boats profile and upload your LMPHRF certificate. Click on My Boats then click on your boats name
You can add more information about your boat by clicking on Edit. If you are looking for crew, check the Looking For Crew box which will list your boat in the RailMeets Boat Finder.
To add your LMPHRF rating certificate click on Edit Certificates
Follow the instructions to upload this year’s certificate. A pdf or jpg is preferred but any graphic format that can be displayed by a web browser will work.
Don’t forget to click on submit. That’s it you are done.
You can also use RailMeets as a crew manager. To get started click on My Boats, click on your boats name, then click on Invite Your Crew.
This will bring up a box where you can paste in their email addresses. The system will send your crew an invite. If they are current RailMeets users they can add your boat to their current account. Crew can manage their participation across multiple boats with one account.
The entire 2018 CASRA schedule is under events. Click on My Boats, boat name, Events then Add Events From List. In the search box use CASRA. We have also loaded the CoYC Beer Can Schedule and the CCYC Wednesday Night Series.
Need crew? Visit the Crew / Boat Finder. As of this writing there are currently seventy crew looking for rides and thirty two boats looking for crew.
The site is mobile friendly and everything is free to free to CASRA racers. When you use your phone to access RailMeets you can use its camera to upload your LMPHRF certificate
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Couple more user requested features were implemented last week. We added optional fields to your profile including emergency contact name and phone number. No one expects an emergency but if you have that filled out then information for your emergency contact will be visible but only to your Captain or Crew Boss.
Some of our more generous skippers were asking for t-shirt size. Some regattas give away t-shirts and even some programs like to have a crew uniform. If you are sailing on one of these programs this will help your skipper get it right. Woman’s XS to Men’s XXL
We added a feature today specifically for captains and crew bosses. You now can send an invitation to your crew to join you on RailMeets. From the Dashboard near the bottom your will see “Want to bring in your existing crew? Invite them from your boat’s crew list page.” Clicking on that will take you to a list of your crew. Scroll down and you will see a button to “Invite your Crew”.
That will bring up a box that you can input email addresses. Maybe you have a crew email you send out every week. Copy and paste those into the box. The system will figure out the emails as long as you have a space between them. Comma, semicolon, it doesn’t matter what your email program uses to separate the addresses as long as there is a space between them. If they are not email addresses the system will also recognize that and not send an email to the junk.
The system will send an email to that person inviting them join RailMeets with a link to the site and your boat.