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CVRDA: A Community of Practice


The Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association: A Community of Practice

The Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association: A Community of Practice

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  • 1. The Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association: A Community of Practice Dr Neil Witt & Ed Bremner
  • 2. Authors
    • Dr Neil Witt
    • Technical Director – Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, University of Plymouth, UK
    • [email_address]
    • Ed Bremner
    • Consultant – Bremweb Imaging, UK
    • Commodore – Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association, UK
    • [email_address]
    • http://www.cvrda.org
    • [email_address]
    • http://www.bremweb.co.uk
  • 3. Summary
    • The CVRDA represents the interests of Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghies
    • Established in the 1990s the internet is used exclusively for all communication
    • It has become a Community of Practice
  • 4. The CVRDA
    • The CVRDA was established to:
      • Get Classic & Vintage dinghies racing together
      • Share & disseminate information
      • Keep classic dinghies on the water
      • Raise public awareness of dinghies & the nautical heritage they represent
      • Help & support all owners of these dinghies
      • Help & support class associations
  • 5. The History
    • Roots traced back to mid 1990s
      • Classic boats not welcome in modern racing
      • No fair way of handicapping
      • Still some very keen & competitive owners
    • Creates demand for ‘classic’ events
      • Bristol Avon Sailing Club, Fairey Marine 50 th aniv, Shotley Classics, Uffa Fox Centenary…
      • … but then what next?
  • 6. The Format
    • Talking with classic boat owners suggested:
      • Racing craft must race not cruise
      • Handicaps must provide good racing
      • Events must be well run – but friendly
      • Events must encourage all to take part
      • Association must remain low-key & fun
      • Organisational overheads must be minimal
      • A community must be made to support aims
  • 7. The Boats
    • The CVRDA divides boats into three wings:
      • Vintage
      • Classic
      • Old
  • 8.
    • The CVRDA divides boats into three wings:
      • Vintage
      • Classic
      • Old
    The Vintage Boats
    • Traditional methods
    • Using nail & pin – no glue
    • Mainly solid wood
    • Most pre – WWII
    • Wooden spars
    • Examples include:
    • Uffa Fox 14s
    • Holt Merlins
  • 9.
    • The CVRDA divides boats into three wings:
      • Vintage
      • Classic
      • Old
    The Classic Boats
    • Designed & built pre-65
    • Mainly plywood or moulded veneer
    • Use glue in construction
    • Some metal spars
    • Examples include:
    • Fairey Marine Boats
    • Glued Clinker Ply
    • Hard chine – home builds
  • 10.
    • The CVRDA divides boats into three wings:
      • Vintage
      • Classic
      • Old
    The Old Boats
    • Over 25 years old
    • From pre-65 development class
    • Some original – Some very modern
    • Examples include:
    • Any of the established classic classes
  • 11. Catamarans
    • The CVRDA does not have a separate wing for Catamarans, they race with the mono-hulls…
    • … when there is enough water!
  • 12. Lost Classes
    • The CVRDA also does its best to support & remember any lost class
    • These are boats of which only a few were ever made, but never caught on
  • 13. The Events
    • The format was established in early days:
      • An easy and non-stressful sail
      • Competitive racing based on an adjusted pre-65 PY handicap
      • Well organised on the water, but low-key off the water
      • Welcoming to all levels of ability
      • Plenty of opportunity for socialising
  • 14. A Virtual Association
    • Always planned to use Internet & email for ALL communication:
      • Avoid cost of real-world meetings/newsletters
      • Little bureaucracy – High transparency
      • Minimum of work for committee
      • Expected problems with accessibility – very few
      • Internal communication was good…
      • External communication was incredible!
  • 15. Website & Community
    • First forum set up in 2000
    • Soon became overloaded with posts and queries as its popularity far exceeded initial expectations
    • In 2004 the old forum content was transferred to Snitz Open Source
  • 16. CVRDA Community
  • 17. CVRDA Community
  • 18. CVRDA Community
  • 19. Community of Practice
    • Initially set up as a simple discussion forum the CVRDA forum has rapidly evolved into a Community of Practice (CoP)
    • “ Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” [Wenger]
  • 20. Community of Practice
    • A CoP is formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of interest and requires the following characteristics:
        • Domain
        • Community
        • Practice
  • 21. Community Members
    • The CoP members:
      • Share an interest in a topic
      • Understand the pertinent issues
      • Agree on common approaches
      • Interact & build relationships within the community
      • Help solve problems & answer questions
      • Network across geographical & social boundaries
  • 22. Community Members
      • The CVRDA members share & develop knowledge by sharing information, insights & best practices to build a knowledge base
          • 160 members who have made in excess of 6,500 contributions
          • At least 1200 other monthly visitors to the community forum who, whilst not contributing, are viewing the material, knowledge & discussions & benefit from the community activity
  • 23. Typical CoP activity Problem solving “ How do I rig the Merlin Rocket I’ve just bought off eBay?” Requests for information “ Where can I find a pattern for my centreboard?” Seeking experience “ Has anyone repaired a boom that has split in two?” Re-using assets “ There’s a guide to varnishing technique on the CVRDA website that will help you.” Co-ordination and synergy “ Can we combine our purchases of Le Tonkinois oil to achieve bulk discounts?” Discussing developments “ What do you think of the Spearhead dinghy? Is it really a design that worked?” Documentation projects “ We should document the history and current status of the Pegasus class dinghy.” Visits “ Can I come and see how your boat is rigged?” Mapping knowledge and identifying gaps “ Where can I find out the history of my boat?”
  • 24. The Future
    • Supporting the N ational S mall B oat R egister
      • Working with the National Small Boat Collection at Falmouth
      • Register has always been key aim of CVRDA
      • Best method for ongoing curation of privately owned national heritage
      • Extending the Community of Practice
  • 25. Do Drop By
    • Please do come and visit us at:
    • http://www.cvrda.org/
    • And follow link to ‘Forum’