ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend Isles of Scilly

Racer information 2019
Nadja Odenhage
International partners
  • Head
  • Campz Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • Mr Green
Destination partners
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Isles of Scilly Travel
  • Islands Partnership
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Lifeproof
  • Precision Hydration
  • Roobar
  • CrownHealth

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly World Series, Sprint and Experience. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.

Good luck and have fun!

Race Directors

Mats Skott
+46 (0) 735 25 97 01
mats@otillswimrun.com

Michael Lemmel
+46 (0) 735 25 97 02
michael@otilloswimrun.com

Travel

The Isles of Scilly is off the coast of Cornwall in South West England. The ferry leaves from Penzance. We suggest that you fly to London, Exeter or Newquay, from these airports there are several travel options to get to Isles of Scilly.

As the weather is sometimes unpredictable on the Isles of Scilly, the ferry option is the most reliable way to get to the islands.

If you choose flying we suggest you to calculate with at least one extra travel day. See all info under Isles of Scilly travel

Accommodation

Most of the accommodation on the Isles of Scilly will be fully booked so make sure you find your accommodation as soon as possible.

You can find your accommodation at https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/accommodation

If you cannot find an accommodation, call the Tourist office to see if they have cancellations available: +44 1720 424031 / +44 1720 424036. There is a great camping area less than 1 km from the start: Garrison Camping Off islands like St.Martin (Karma hotel) and Tresco might be another option.

Registration

The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be at Holgate’s Green.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Friday, June 7th, 16:00-18:00
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, June 8th, 15:00-17:00

All racers have to come to the registration.

You must bring and display the following to receive your start pack:

  • Your photo ID
  • 1 Whistle per person
  • 1 Wetsuit per person, suitable for the race conditions, (no Trisuits allowed)
  • 1 Compass or watch compass
  • 1 First aid pressure bandage
  • Fins if applicable for approval according to the rules

At the registration you also need to sign that you have a valid insurance for the race.

Insurance

As we take safety seriously we have spent a year developing the first ever swimrun insurance and we are extremely proud! It is now available and with world-wide coverage.

You must have a valid personal insurance for racing in swimrun. If you do not have one you can purchase it for the race or for the 2019 season, valid in all the races listed. It is an insurance that will repay your entry fee and travel costs if you have to withdraw prior to the race due to an accident or illness (you have to have a doctor’s certificate).

Read more and buy your insurance here

Race briefing

The race briefing for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be at Holgate’s Green. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, June 8th, at 08:00
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, June 8th, at 17:00
Included in the start pack
EXPERIENCE
  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib to be returned, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person
SPRINT
  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib to be returned, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person
SPECIAL GEAR FOR SOLO
  • Safety buoy to be returned.

WORLD SERIES
  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person
  • Race briefing drink voucher, 1 per person
  • Post-race dinner and drink voucher, 1 per person

We care for the environment and encourage you to reuse your swim cap from our previous events. If you do not need the new one that you receive in the start package, please give it back at the registration.

Race bib and timing chip

The system we use is a chip that you a¬ttach around your right ankle with a Velcro strap and when you pass the timing checkpoint your time will be registered. We will have up to 10 checkpoints along the course and will be reporting your times live on the website. We can only guarantee that you will be registered if you carry the chip around your right ankle.

It is important that you return your chip after the race. Non-returned chip will be charged 100 €.

  • Your race bib must be worn visible at all times
  • Your swim cap must be worn on all swims
  • Your timing chip must be worn on your right ankle at all times
Mandatory gear

Mandatory gear per team in World Series, Sprint and Experience is:

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage
  • 2 neoprene wet suits
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 2 easy-accessible whistles (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • Race bibs to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim cap that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • 1 Map
  • Timing chips

Mandatory gear in the Solo classes in Sprint and Experience is:

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage
  • 1 neoprene wet suit
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 1 easy-accessible whistle (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • Race bib to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim cap that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Map
  • Timing chip
  • Safety buoy, provided by the organization
Logistic to get to start

The start for all three races is at Holgate’s Green. Make sure to be there on-time.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
  • Toilets are available next to the start line
  • You can leave a small bag on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so do not leave any valuables.
START AREA
  • Holgate’s Green
Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has three (3) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • TIME 2 at 11:20
  • TIME 6 at 14:45
  • TIME 8 at 15:45

We have cut-offs in our events to make sure that we can have a safe race, these are put in place so that everyone has a possibility to finish before dark and without jeopardizing the safety of others by stretching the safety organization too much. Please respect this and the people enforcing them.

Energy stations

We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course map.

  • Please eat and drink what is offered, do not take more as there are others behind you.
  • Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups.
  • From energy station 2 in the Sprint and energy station 3 in the World Series you will have to use your own collapsible cup, soft flask or another solution you prefer.
  • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
  • We will have energy bars from Crownhealth at the energy stations in all races.
  • Besides this we will have fruits and normal food.
  • If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit. Do NOT throw the wrappers on the ground, leave it in the garbage cans at the energy stations.
Cups at ÖTILLÖ races

In our quest to leave as small of an environmental footprint as possible we have decided to take away the majority of disposable cups during our races. This means that we will ONLY have disposable, paper cups at the first two (2) energy stations for the race to be fair.

After that we expect YOU to have your own foldable cup or soft flask to be able to drink. If you don’t have your own foldable cup you will be able to buy one at the race registration.

Basic rules

Basic rules, make sure you understand as we will enforce them.

  • You must have read and understood the rules before you start
  • You race at your own risk.
  • The team has to stay together at all times. 10 meters apart is the maximum distance allowed.
  • The racers have to follow the marked route. If not, you can get time penalty or disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to get assistance from other people than the race organization during the race. Breach of this rule will result in disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to throw trash along the course (The only places are at the energy stations). Breach of this rule will result in disqualification.
  • The gear that you have from the start has to be brought to the finish.
  • FINS – if you plan to use fins make sure that they comply to the new FIN RULE – which means they CANNOT be longer than 15 cm beyond your foot.
DO NOTS AT THE ISLES OF SCILLY
  • Do not swim across the ”Channel” at any time. It can be very dangerous as BIG ships go through there.
  • Do not leave any plastic that you brought with you on the island as there is no plastic recycling there. Bring it back to the mainland when you leave.
Safety
  • Take care of each other; it is a long and tough course.
  • We have safety boats and are trying to do our best to cover the course.
  • All racers have to help another racer in an emergency.
  • We have 2 medics and 1 doctor on the course. We also have two stationary medical teams and medical assistance at the finish line.
  • Communicate with race officials when help is needed.
  • If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip to the ÖTILLÖ tent by the Finish Line (from behind). Do not cross or go close to the finish line with it on.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE WORLD SERIES EVENT
  • You cannot wear a tow rope before the first swim.
  • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running on the rocks.
Race course

If the race organization believe there is a danger for the racers or the organization based on weather or other conditions, the course can be changed the day before or even in the middle of the race. Safety is our priority.

Trash

We will NOT accept ANY trash along the course. If you throw any trash outside of the provided bins at the energy stations, we will disqualify you straight away. Make sure you know how to carry any trash between the different energy stations.

WILDLIFE TRUST

Do not leave any plastic that you brought with you on the island. Bring it back to the mainland as there is no plastic recycling on the Isles of Scilly. On Friday we will have a Beach Clean up at 15:00 starting from the event tent at Holgate’s Green. We are calling it #cleantheocean Even if you cannot be part of it please remember to pick up plastic from the beaches sometime during the weekend.

Weather on the Isles of Scilly

In the middle of June the weather can be quite nice with warm, calm days. However, we are in the middle of the Atlantic where the weather can be quite brutal. It can be anything between 10 – 25 degrees C. Wet or dry.

Water temperatures will be between 12 – 14 degrees C depending on where along the course. Make sure you dress accordingly and consider wearing something under your wetsuit if you tend to get cold on the long swims. Use a Neoprene cap if you are not used to cold water.

The water is salty, grease up well to avoid chafe. Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this.

Media production

During each race we make a big media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams along the course. If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to media.requests@otilloswimrun.com.

We will cover the ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family.

We will also use #otilloislesofscilly to tag our posts, please do so you too. Our images that we post from the race are free to use for you as racers but not allowed for commercial use to promote other products or events.

Spectators, friend and families

We strongly suggest you take the time to enjoy the Isles of Scilly and bring your friends and family to enjoy a long weekend or the week with you. The Sprint and Experience race is easily followed with a bike on St Mary’s. You can rent bikes in Hugh town.

For the Sunday race we suggest you to take a boat to the islands Tresco or St Martins to follow the race.

NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.

ÖTILLÖ Qualification

ÖTILLÖ World Series Isles of Scilly will award 8 spots to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019. These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2019.

The Spots will be awarded as below:

  • 3 men
  • 3 mixed
  • 2 women

If any spots are not awarded, they belong to the race organization.

Swimrun ranking

All teams that finish a race with ÖTILLÖ merit status will receive ranking points. Check out the races, finish it and get points.

Some of the slots to ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2019 will be awarded to the team applications with the best ranking points on December 31st each year. Also, for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2019 only teams with ranking points will be able to participate in the random team selection.

Read more about how to gain your spot for ÖTILLÖ

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019

Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and the last ÖTILLÖ Sprint of 2019. No other ÖTILLÖ Sprints are included.

After the last ÖTILLÖ race of the season we will award the best team in each category with 2.500 EUR.

Check out the World Series standings here

ÖTILLÖ Merchandise

As you might know we have some ÖTILLÖ branded goods. These can be found on our website at otilloswimrun.com/shop

Our partners will be in the event area at the finish line with products on-site.

International partners
  • Head
  • Campz Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • Mr Green