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.
Did you know you can integrate your RailMeets schedule with your phone, computer or cloud calendar? When you change your signups you will receive a signup notification email. Contained in that email is a file named Roster.ics, it’s basically a meeting notice. Click on that to open it. Your calendar app will ask you to confirm, when you do it will be added to your calendar
The invite is a standard format .ics file that can be handled by all modern email clients, be it Microsoft Outlook, Mac Mail, Yahoo Mail or Google Mail. Learn more at our help center. https://help.railmeets.com/article/crew-calendar-integration
Gang this week we added a couple of user requested features. On the MySignups page the header that lists your boats and club is is now fixed. Those of you that crew on multiple boats can see which column is for which boat as you scroll down.
Another requested feature was the ability to email crew about a specific event. Before you had to have at least one person confirmed before the email icon became active, now it’s always active.
And last, if you boat has a lot of events you will be happy to know that we added a confirm button to the top of the screen. Before you had to scroll all the way to the bottom to find it.
Got any other bright ideas? We would love to hear them send us a note.
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
RailMeets has been growing by leaps and bounds, thank you for your support! We are on our way to becoming the biggest way to organize your crew, find new crew or find a boat to crew on.
Over the last year we have added lots of new features many of them requested by you. To help you use RailMeets to its fullest potential we have added a help section. Wondering how to do something? There is a help link on the bottom of every page. We are adding more content everyday so check back frequently!
First a new feature requested by a user. We added a dietary preferences in the user profiles so your team mates that might be bring food can see that you only eat chocolate. All kidding aside this is the place where you can let your teammates know about your food allergies. Click on your picture in the upper right then My Info, then Edit. Don’t forget to click on Submit when you are done editing.
We also tweaked the Crew and Boat Finders. They can now be sorted by name and Crew can be sorted by when last updated. Also we have been growing so we have added pagination to the lists.
This week we added the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club Offshore fleet schedule to the RailMeets database. You can now add CCYC Wednesday night and weekend series races to your schedule. Go to My Boats, select Events then Add Events From List. Searching on CCYC will bring up all the events. These guys race a lot so to narrow it down even more search on CCYC Wed to bring up just the Wednesday night stuff or CCYC Weekend to see the weekend stuff.
CCYC is a RailMeets Partner and you can also access CCYC.RailMeets.com from the corinthian.org Offshore fleet page. For 2019 you can pay your Offshore Fleet dues on RailMeets, from your Dashboard scroll down and click on MyDues and select Purchase. We will let then know you are all paid up.