Chicago NOOD and Crew Bosses

I was at the Chicago NOOD this past weekend. Thanks to RailMeets I crewed in two different boats a J/109 and a J/111. Thanks to those of you that stopped me to introduce yourself and provide feedback, ask questions as well as suggest features. Always a pleasure to talk to our users.

A common theme was how can I help my skipper keep organized and keep the team on top?  With RailMeets a skipper can set up a crew member as a crew manager or as I like to say crew boss. Here is how a skipper can do it. From the Dashboard click on My Boats, then click on your boat name. Next scroll down and click on Crews. From there find the crew member that you want to promote and click on Set Rolls. From there you can select Crew, which is the most basic, Manager can update and assign crew and events. The owner can do everything related to this boat. Each boat needs at least one owner or crew manager.  New crew defaults to Crew

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Now the new Crew Manager can approve crew requests, look for new crew, send invitations and confirm crew for a race. With power comes responsibility make sure the owner is involved with and on board with your decisions. You can also use this feature if the boat is a partnership, the sailor that set up the account can promote the other owners to owner status.

Sweet Home Chicago…

We are based in Chicago and we are proud of our heritage and our city. Our season is short but intense. If you go to the RailMeets home page we feature our city on point. The picture was taken from the vicinity of the Wilson Ave. water intake crib looking southwest. The boats racing are part of the notoriously competitive Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Series. CCYC is one of the clubs that use RailMeets to help organize their racing. We can help with crew finders, dues collection, rating certificate storage, schedule management and many other tasks to make your clubs racing better. Drop us an email and let us know how we can help your club. Screen Shot 2018-05-21 at 7.39.02 PM.png

Members Only

Based on your feedback we made some tweaks on how you can show your membership to clubs that are RailMeets partners. Click on your silhouette in the upper right corner and select my info.  Next you will see a button labeled My Clubs.

Select that and you will see a list of clubs that are RailMeets partners. If you are a member of these participating clubs your can share your rating certificate or pay your fleet dues using RailMeets.

If you club is not on the list, drop us a note to learn what RailMeets can do for your clubs sailing program.

Lots of messages…

We recently rolled out a couple of new messaging features. You can now message the entire crew from the boats profile. Look for the “Contact All Crew” button at the bottom of the boat profile page. That will bring up a box that you can type a message and send to all the boats crew. Which brings me to the next change. emails from the site will now come from That mailbox is not monitored so any questions, comments, feature suggestions or other rants and manifestos should be sent to or

VIP’s to the left

You may have noticed that RailMeets lists your crew in alphabetical order but when they start signing up it seems to get scrambled. There is a method to the madness. The more stuff a crew member signs up for the more RailMeets thinks he or she is worth and moves them to the left nearest to the event. It is forward looking so it’s looking at future signups. Want to include past performance? Click on the “Show past signups” to include all data. Screen Shot 2018-05-02 at 11.25.04 AM.png