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CVRDA: A Community of Practice

  1. 1. The Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association: A Community of Practice Dr Neil Witt & Ed Bremner
  2. 2. Authors <ul><li>Dr Neil Witt </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Director – Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, University of Plymouth, UK </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Bremner </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant – Bremweb Imaging, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Commodore – Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association, UK </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Summary <ul><li>The CVRDA represents the interests of Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghies </li></ul><ul><li>Established in the 1990s the internet is used exclusively for all communication </li></ul><ul><li>It has become a Community of Practice </li></ul>
  4. 4. The CVRDA <ul><li>The CVRDA was established to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Classic & Vintage dinghies racing together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share & disseminate information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep classic dinghies on the water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise public awareness of dinghies & the nautical heritage they represent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help & support all owners of these dinghies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help & support class associations </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The History <ul><li>Roots traced back to mid 1990s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classic boats not welcome in modern racing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No fair way of handicapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still some very keen & competitive owners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creates demand for ‘classic’ events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bristol Avon Sailing Club, Fairey Marine 50 th aniv, Shotley Classics, Uffa Fox Centenary… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… but then what next? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Format <ul><li>Talking with classic boat owners suggested: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Racing craft must race not cruise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handicaps must provide good racing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events must be well run – but friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events must encourage all to take part </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Association must remain low-key & fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational overheads must be minimal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A community must be made to support aims </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Boats <ul><li>The CVRDA divides boats into three wings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vintage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The CVRDA divides boats into three wings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vintage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old </li></ul></ul>The Vintage Boats <ul><li>Traditional methods </li></ul><ul><li>Using nail & pin – no glue </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly solid wood </li></ul><ul><li>Most pre – WWII </li></ul><ul><li>Wooden spars </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include: </li></ul><ul><li>Uffa Fox 14s </li></ul><ul><li>Holt Merlins </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The CVRDA divides boats into three wings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vintage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old </li></ul></ul>The Classic Boats <ul><li>Designed & built pre-65 </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly plywood or moulded veneer </li></ul><ul><li>Use glue in construction </li></ul><ul><li>Some metal spars </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include: </li></ul><ul><li>Fairey Marine Boats </li></ul><ul><li>Glued Clinker Ply </li></ul><ul><li>Hard chine – home builds </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The CVRDA divides boats into three wings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vintage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old </li></ul></ul>The Old Boats <ul><li>Over 25 years old </li></ul><ul><li>From pre-65 development class </li></ul><ul><li>Some original – Some very modern </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include: </li></ul><ul><li>Any of the established classic classes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Catamarans <ul><li>The CVRDA does not have a separate wing for Catamarans, they race with the mono-hulls… </li></ul><ul><li>… when there is enough water! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lost Classes <ul><li>The CVRDA also does its best to support & remember any lost class </li></ul><ul><li>These are boats of which only a few were ever made, but never caught on </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Events <ul><li>The format was established in early days: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An easy and non-stressful sail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive racing based on an adjusted pre-65 PY handicap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well organised on the water, but low-key off the water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcoming to all levels of ability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of opportunity for socialising </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. A Virtual Association <ul><li>Always planned to use Internet & email for ALL communication: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid cost of real-world meetings/newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little bureaucracy – High transparency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum of work for committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expected problems with accessibility – very few </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal communication was good… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External communication was incredible! </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Website & Community <ul><li>First forum set up in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Soon became overloaded with posts and queries as its popularity far exceeded initial expectations </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004 the old forum content was transferred to Snitz Open Source </li></ul>
  16. 16. CVRDA Community
  17. 17. CVRDA Community
  18. 18. CVRDA Community
  19. 19. Community of Practice <ul><li>Initially set up as a simple discussion forum the CVRDA forum has rapidly evolved into a Community of Practice (CoP) </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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] </li></ul>
  20. 20. Community of Practice <ul><li>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: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Community Members <ul><li>The CoP members: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share an interest in a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the pertinent issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agree on common approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact & build relationships within the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help solve problems & answer questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network across geographical & social boundaries </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Community Members <ul><ul><li>The CVRDA members share & develop knowledge by sharing information, insights & best practices to build a knowledge base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>160 members who have made in excess of 6,500 contributions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 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. 24. The Future <ul><li>Supporting the N ational S mall B oat R egister </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with the National Small Boat Collection at Falmouth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register has always been key aim of CVRDA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best method for ongoing curation of privately owned national heritage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extending the Community of Practice </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Do Drop By <ul><li>Please do come and visit us at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>And follow link to ‘Forum’ </li></ul>