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/

Even easier to find a boat

Gang, we have been doing some housekeeping and catching up on user requested features. As you know we have crew and boat finders on RailMeets. The Crew Finder was in the top menu bar but you had to hunt around to find the Boat Finder. We moved it to right between the RailMeets logo and the Crew Finder on the top menu bar. Please take a minute and see who is looking for crew. It’s not too early to start your networking.

Setting Your Boats Location

Set your boats location – make it a bit more specific. The other day I was looking at the boat finder and I am finding boats from all over North America. That’s great thank you for using RailMeets! Top tip – when setting your boats location be more specific than you were with your personal location. Why, well in a lot of areas harbors can be difficult to get to and major cities can have multiple harbors. If prospective crew lives or works on the other side of the city they might not be able to get to your boat on time. For best results we recommend using the harbor your boat is moored in.

Setting Your Location

Setting your location – keep it general. I was looking at the crew finder and I am seeing people from all over the country. That’s great, thank you for using RailMeets! Top tip when you enter your location don’t enter your street address or neighborhood or anything that specific as that information will appear in the crew search. Here why, say a visiting skipper is racing in Chicago and he needs crew. Whats the first thing he does? He goes on RailMeets to look. First thing he does is check Chicago as a location. Why? cause that’s where he is at. He doesn’t know where Villa Park is so he never finds you and you miss an opportunity.

Lets Get Specific

Last week when we revamped the crew profile we also revamped the crew finders. In the old system crew would indicate which of the major crew positions they were interested in and then state an average experience level. Skippers would search on that. but not everybody is great at everything. The new system allows crew to rate themselves at the major positions and skippers can search on those ratings. Now you can find someone with the skills needed to fit even better into your program.

Are You Experienced?

Last week we revamped the crew profile and crew finders a bit. Before you would set your overall experience and then set what positions your were interested in. But lets say you are the President of jib trim but just an average Helm.  Now you can set your skill level for each of the major positions. In this new system you rate yourself. If you select “Not My Thing” that position will not appear in your profile. If you said that your were intermediate under the old system all your positions are currently set to intermediate under the new system. Go to your profile and check it out.

Adding (or removing) yourself from the crew finder.

Today I had an interesting question from one of the hot T-10 boats in the Chicago Fleet.  I thought I would post a refresher. The question was how do I turn on or off my visibility in the RailMeets crew finder?   You can, you need to edit your profile.

First for a crew member. Click on the silhouette (or picture if you have uploaded one) and select “My Info” then click on “My Profile”.  The first line in your profile is “ Show On Crew Finder” If it says No and you want to be on the crew finder click on edit and change it to Yes.  It defaults to No and you can change it to yes or back to no at any time. Don’t forget click on submit.

You may be asking why My Info and My Profile are two separate screens? The My Info page is information that we consider highly personal. We do not share this except with your captain/crew boss and then only to make the site work.  The My Profile page is the page that is posted on the crew finder should you chose to participate.  It’s kind of like your sailing resume and gives potential skippers a sense of how you might fit into their program.

For boats it’s a little different. If you are an owner or crew boss you need to edit your Boat Data. From the top line select “My Boats”. Next select the boat you wish to check by clicking on the boats name. That will bring up the boats profile. With the exception of “Certificate” this information is shared on the Boat Finder. In the middle of the page it asks “Need New Crew? if it says ”Yes” then this boat is listed in the boat finder.  If “No” then it is not listed. Click on edit to change it.  Don’t forget to click on submit.