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 your Clubs Schedule

Are you new to RailMeets? Is your clubs racing schedule missing from RailMeets? We can add your clubs events. It’s easiest if they are in our format which you can download here But any format will work just make sure that your handwriting is legible. We can usually have them up in 24hrs. Please send them via email to Marco at

Privacy Policy Update

In light of the recent shenanigans in the social media world, I thought I would remind everybody that RailMeets does have a Privacy Policy and Terms Of Service listed on the site. Bottom line we do not sell your data to anyone. We only securely share your data with members of the RailMeets network such as your team mates or crew boss/skipper when you allow it. For example your weight for one-design races to your Captain/crew boss, or phone number for yacht clubs that are subscribers to the RailMeets AND you have chosen to share your information with.

The set of complete policies are:
– Terms Of Service:
– Privacy Policy:
– Third Parties:

You can always find them in the footer of any page within RailMeets. If you have any questions about these policies or anything else about RailMeets click on the contact-us link and send us a note.

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.


This week I had the opportunity to teach at the first session of the CCYC Crew School. After, I was able to meet some new users. It’s always great to meet you guys, talk about sailing and the problems you encounter in organizing your programs as well as answer any questions you might have about RailMeets. Unfortunately we can’t be everywhere but you can contact us via email by using the link at the bottom of every page. Feel free to connect with us for your comments and questions.

More Updates

Overnight we rolled out another update to RailMeets. Included in this release:

On the main page we added a sign in button in the upper right corner, before you had to look a bit for it.

We also simplified the creation of new user accounts. If you thought it was simple before, the new process is even easier. Tell your non RailMeets friends, it’s easy to get started!

On your dashboard you will see a new section. “My Dues” From here you will be able to pay your fleet dues, memberships and other fees for participating clubs and fleets. If you are a fleet captain or club officer, contact us to learn how we can make your life easier.image(1) copy 2.png

Yacht Club Crew Finders for the 21st Century

Our good friends at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club have a new crew finder and guess what? It’s Powered by RailMeets! This is the first of many partnerships that we will be announcing in the coming months. If you are a current RailMeets user your RailMeets user ID and password will work across all the Powered by RailMeets sites. Best of all you can see your data across all our partner sites.

Looking for a boat? Looking for crew? Why post your phone number and email address on some musty old school crew and boat finder when you can use RailMeets or our partner sites like CCYC. Your information is kept secure and you don’t have to worry about your email getting spammed. You can use the search function to find the perfect boat or crew member. You chose what information is displayed and who you share it with. You can actively search and contact prospective crew or boats or passively wait for someone to contact you.

Want to power your clubs crew and boat finder with RailMeets, please contact us to learn more or visit our site.

You can check out CCYC’s crew finder here


New to RailMeets this year? Join your crew

I saw some of you over the weekend and were asking how to get your crew on to RailMeets.  First they have to have an account.  It’s free so no excuse.  Once they have the account and log in they will see this page.

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Click on “If you are part of an existing crew find it here”  Click on the “here”.  If will bring up a list of all the boats in the system,  Tell them which boat to find and click on “Join Crew”  They will be added to the crew.  Easy Peasy.