As the SailTime Member Console continues to expand with new features, perhaps the biggest benefit to Members has recently “soft launched”. Crew Connection is the latest technology offered to SailTime Members on a global basis. The Crew Connection is a Free upgraded service to new and existing Members.
Crew Connection allows a Member to opt-in or opt-out of a system that pairs up Members who have reserved a boat with Members willing to crew for them. In a survey of Members who left our sailing program over the last several years, the number one reason sailors left SailTime was because they didn’t have anyone to go sailing with. Additionally, the reason most new sailors can’t decide whether to join our sailing program or not is because they don’t know whether they will have anyone to go sailing with!
Now, it’s easy for a Member to find crew or be crew at the flip of a switch! On the Member home page, a Member can make the decision to opt-in or opt-out at any time. For instance, if you were going away on vacation, you could easily opt-out during that time period.
The unique aspect of the Crew Connection is that it runs base-wide across all boat members, not just the Members who are Members of the sailboat you are on. This gives you the opportunity to sail with many more people on a variety of sailboats in any given fleet. When a Members reserves a sail time, they are given the option of inviting crew. When they do invite crew, the instant the reservation is made, Members who have opted-in will receive an email inviting them to join the crew. Additionally, in a last-minute situation, phone numbers are available of the Members who have opted-in for the reserving Member to call.
The beauty of this very elegant solution to an age-old sailors challenge is that those Members who aren’t interested in inviting others to sail with them, for whatever reason, needn’t be bothered by simply opting-out of the Crew Connection program.
Look for more exciting technology and service advancements from the global leader in membership sailing soon!