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.
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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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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.