This week despite the cold of perhaps because of it we added more events to the set of preset events contained within RailMeets. Waukegan Yacht Club’s entire season schedule is in there and we also added the Chicago Tartan 10 fleet events including the social events, Playpen Party anyone…
Would you like your races / events listed? Send us a note with the details to info@RailMeets.com we can usually have them up and your members can add them to their boats schedule within 24 hrs.
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.
Chicago Area Sail Racing Association or CASRA released their schedule today and it will be up on RailMeets in the events section on Thursday 1/10/2019. We will be adding more club and organization schedules as we receive them. I promise on Friday I will show you how to add these events to your boats schedule.
Do you have a club schedule that you would would like to have in RailMeets? Send it to us email@example.com We like them best if in .xls or google sheets format but we will accept cocktail napkins as long as the handwriting is legible. For electronic files we usually have them up in 24hrs, cocktail napkins take a little longer.
We recently added some more new features. We expanded the types of boat clarification for your profile. You can now select from four different boat types. 1) Small One-Design Keelboat, think Rhodes 19, Soling, Etchells, B) Large One-Design Keelboat, think J/24, J105, Tartan 10 Farr 40 etc, III) Handicap Keelboat and d) Multihull for those of you that just cant get enough speed!
To change your settings click on your picture in the upper right corner than My Info, then My Profile, then Edit. You can now select what types of boats you are interested in. Don’t forget to click on update.
If you are a boat owner and let’s say you have a Rhodes 19 and you are looking for a foredeck. You can go to the crew finder, click on Small Keelboat and then click on foredeck and voila there are some prospects.
Merry Christmas to all our users. We hope you are having a great holiday. If you are spending it with family and the discussion with old weird Uncle Harold gets to politics and you need a diversion? Here great reason to excuse yourself and go to the other room, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. 628 Nautical miles and some say the most grueling yacht race in the world.
Race starts at at noon on 12/26 (Boxing day) Australia time. Because it’s on the other side of this great big blue ball that we live on we can catch the start on Christmas day 8PM USA central time (9PM eastern). The Cursing Yacht Club of Australia always puts on great coverage of the start, their yacht tracker is excellent and lots of interesting content on their site. Here is the link
Here in the northern hemisphere the boats are away but in preparation for next year we are still adding features to RailMeets. A very much requested feature has been SMS messaging, it is now live. You can set the system to send a text message to your crew for any last minute updates. There are two parts to setting it up. First you and your crew need to set up your profile. Login and then click on your picture in the upper right corner (mobile users look for the three bars in the upper right corner). Select My Info and then click on Edit. Make sure you have your cell phone number in the phone number space and that the flag for country is correct. Click on Submit. Then click on My Settings and then Edit. In the Notifications pane, next to Last Minute Updates check SMS and then Update. That’s it, you are now ready to receive text messages from RailMeets.
When you need to send a last minute text to your crew do the following. From your dashboard click your boat name, that will bring up a list of events, find the event that you need to send the text for, then click on the envelope to send a message.
A window will pop up for you to type your message. Check the box for “Send as last minute notification (SMS if chosen by crew)” In a few seconds your phone will ding with a message. If your crew does not have SMS messaging set up in RailMeets they will get an old fashioned email.
It’s been a few weeks since I posted here but rest assured we have been busy. We exterminated a few bugs, been talking to OD fleets about future features, introduced SMS or text messaging (more on that next week) and what has been keeping us real busy is Race Committee Volunteer Management. RailMeets can now be used to manage your clubs race assets, volunteers, PRO’s, marks , boats, heck even the party areas. It’s designed to make your Race Committees life easier. The best part if your club is a RailMeets subscriber and you volunteer your assignments will appear on your Dashboard right next to your sailing commitments. You can view your clubs entire RC schedule at a glance. Is your regular boat out of town? You can now check and see if your RC needs some help. Tracking tools for the RC to see who had done their assignments and who still needs to volunteer. Want to learn more send us a note firstname.lastname@example.org
Sad reality is the season is winding down in the northern hemisphere (stop gloating you California and Caribbean users). That doesn’t mean RailMeets can’t be useful. For my boat I just put in a bunch of events for putting the boat away and a Crew BBQ. Here is how you do that. From your dashboard find the boat that you want to set up an event for and click on Events for that boat. Next click on Add Event. From there just fill out the form.
Top Tip – Visibility to All makes it public event, great for fleet parties and club work parties. Clicking on Crew will make it visible only to your crew. Top Tip #2 – Use Meeting on Dock for when you want the crew to show up at your house, Leaving Dock time for when you are lighting the BBQ grill and Race Time for when dinner is served. Or Meet on dock for when you want the work party to arrive Leaving Dock for when you leave the harbor after taking the mast down and Race time for when you get to the boat yard and then go for chili at Lindy’s
Here is a cool use for RailMeets. Do you have any four legged crew members? No I am not talking about your rabid bow man but that k9 that always seems to be hanging out on the boat. It’s easy just put them on as a guest or if they have skills set up another account for them. Then your crew will know when to bring the doggy treats. Here Captain John and “Sailor” discuss tactics.
Thinking of deleting Facebook but you are worried about missing these tips and tricks? Check out our blog https://blog.railmeets.com/ There is also a link on the bottom of every RailMeets page. We post the same content in both places but the blog usually has the addition of a witty headline. Sorry you will have to go elsewhere for funny cat videos.