LONDON
OSTERLEY PARK
Postponed

OVERVIEW

VENUE

RACES

Red Bull
National Trust
London Youth Rowing
UKAD RO
WWF RO

2015 is Postponed!

Due to popular demand RO Osterley 2015 will become RO Osterley 2016. We are postponing the event that was due to have taken place on 11 October 2015, due to a deluge of interest to watch RO, but with a packed racing calendar, most people were unable to actually RO. We faced having an event where there were many more spectators than athletes.

We’ve launched to great acclaim and we thank everyone for their feedback and encouragement, it’s been quite overwhelming. We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity of taking part in the pioneering event that will be RO and to this end have decided to hold it in 2016.

The exact date will be announced soon, with plenty of time for everyone to get their sprint ORs out. Remember – it’s no holes barred, so put your thinking caps on as to how you can innovate your boat design, blade design and outfit to make you and your boat the stand out RO er.

We welcome any feedback or ideas so please subscribe to our mailing list to keep updated on RO developments!

Meantime we look forward to seeing you in 2016.

Andrew T Hodge and the RO Team

OVERVIEW

RO Osterley is our test event!  While our dreams give RO all the branding, atmosphere and punch of a fully backed event, in reality we have a few stages to go!

Osterley Park and the National Trust have helped us get this event off the ground.  And together with donations for pretty much every part, we have built this event with a very small budget.  However with that in mind we are running a test event, things will go wrong, and we ask you to consider this.

We’d like to thank all of our partners who have helped make this happen!

The National Trust

RedBull and The West Berkshire Brewery

London Youth Rowing

the WWF and UKAD

Molesey Boat Club

Ross Rowing Club

The Pairs Head

Moulsford School

and SP Films

and all of our Volunteers!  You have made RO possible!  Thank you!

VENUE

Osterley Park National Trust is in West London, yet feels like a real escape from city life. A tree lined drive past grazing cattle leads you first to the grounds created in the late 18th century.

This oasis of green space and woodland is home to RO Sprints London 2015.

Come along nice and early and enjoy the grounds and its cafe. This National Trust venue, (£5 to park) is otherwise free to wander around (except for the house).  But make sure you make your way to the RO Arena for 13:00 this is when the action starts!

About the house: It was described in its day as the ‘Palace of Palaces’, having been built by the Child Family, the first great wealthy merchants beyond Royal lineage.  It is a poignant example of an evolution step in history as ‘little’ merchants establish themselves amongst Royal power bases.

TRAVEL

Osterley Park is in West London:

Address: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB (sat nav TW7 4RD)

How to get there:

By tube: Osterley (Piccadilly Line) 1 mile For travel times and information please see the TFL website

By train: Isleworth 1½ miles (2.4km). Trains run by SWT, visit their website for train times View a timetable

By road: On the A4 between Hammersmith and Hounslow. Follow brown tourist signs on A4 between Gillette Corner and Osterley underground station; from west M4, exit 3 then follow A312/A4 towards central London. Main gates at junction with Thornbury and Jersey Roads

Parking: Main car park, 400 yards up the main driveway

Sat-Nav info: enter Jersey Road and TW7 4RD

By bus: TfL H28 Hayes to Hounslow to Osterley, H91 Hounslow to Hammersmith to within 1 mile

Find Osterley Park on Google Maps here.

Further information about Osterley Park can be found here.

RACES

CATEGORIES

The following boat categories will be at this 200 meter event:

RO-2-Women-2-ORs
RO-2-Men-2-ORs

RO-1-Man-2-ORs

Click here for details about RO Boat categories.

RO SPRINTS RACING STRUCTURE

Each race category adopts this same race format. It’s frenetic . . . and fast!

Up to 36 boats compete in group stages, with three boats in each group, that’s 12 groups.

In the group stages, held between 09:00 and 12:00, each rower will row three times.

  • Points are awarded for each race.
  • First gives you 6 points, second 3 point and last 1 point.
  • If you fall in, you’re DQ’d.
  • The winner of the group is the boat with most points.

The RO Event, held between 13:00 and 15:00 – This is a normal-ish knock out.

  • 12 boats come through from the group stages,
  • The racing has three parts, Cut 1, Cut 2 and the final, see diagram below.
  • The winners of each race go through, the final place is decided by vote off between both second placers, and the losers exit the lake.
  • Races controls decision is final, if it’s too close to call we’ll go to crowd vote!
  • By going through to the next cut means you stay on the water and move round to the warm up area, and if you don’t make it you have to exit the lake and walk back through the crowds doing the walk of shame

The final is a simple race off.  No ifs no buts…

PROGRAMME

(Timings are approximate and subject to change on the day)

13:00

RO-1-Man-2-ORs

 

1 Man 2 ORs | Cut 1 and 2

13:25

 

1 Woman 2 ORs | Cut 1 and 2

13:40

RO-1-Man-2-ORs

 

1 Man 2 ORs | Final

13:45

 

1 Woman 2 ORs | Final

14:00

2 Man 2 ORs | Cut 1 and 2

14:25

2 Woman 2 ORs | Cut 1 and 2

14:40

RO-1-Man-2-ORs

1 Man 2 ORs | Final

14:45

1 Woman 2 ORs | Final

 

 

14:50

2 Man 2 ORs Arm Only | final

14:52

2 Woman 2 ORs Arms Only | final

 

15:00

RO-1-Man-2-ORs

Hero’s 1 Man 2 ORs | cut 1 and final

END OF RACING

RULES

  1. You start after the whistle
  2. You can’t push someone out of the racing corridor
  3. You will abide by the safety marshal and lake circulation
  4. You will conform to boat safety guidance – we expect some capsizes!
  5. You won’t sabotage other boats
  6. You have read and understood the safety plan and emergency stop procedure
  7. You will not display unnecessary aggression to others (competitor, volunteer or spectator) outside of racing
  8. There are no rules limiting sponsorship
  9. There are no rules limiting boat design
  10. We expect you to be inflammatory and question everything we do
  11. Race control’s decision is final

RESULTS - UPDATED LIVE DURING RACES

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RO-2-Women-2-ORs

Round 1, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 7 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 8 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  7 & 8 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 9 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 10 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  9 & 10 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 11 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 12 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  11 & 12 3rd Winner:

– – –

Round 2, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 2, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

– – –

Semifinal , Heat 1 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 2 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 3 Winner:

– – –

Final, 3rd Place:

Final, 2nd Place:

Final, 1st Place:

RO-2-Men-2-ORs

Round 1, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 7 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 8 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  7 & 8 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 9 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 10 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  9 & 10 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 11 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 12 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  11 & 12 3rd Winner:

– – –

Round 2, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 2, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

– – –

Semifinal , Heat 1 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 2 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 3 Winner:

– – –

Final, 3rd Place:

Final, 2nd Place:

Final, 1st Place:

Round 1, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 7 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 8 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  7 & 8 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 9 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 10 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  9 & 10 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 11 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 12 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  11 & 12 3rd Winner:

– – –

Round 2, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 2, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

– – –

Semifinal , Heat 1 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 2 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 3 Winner:

– – –

Final, 3rd Place:

Final, 2nd Place:

Final, 1st Place:

RO-1-Man-2-ORs

Round 1, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 7 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 8 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  7 & 8 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 9 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 10 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  9 & 10 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 11 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 12 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  11 & 12 3rd Winner:

– – –

Round 2, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 2, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

– – –

Semifinal , Heat 1 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 2 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 3 Winner:

– – –

Final, 3rd Place:

Final, 2nd Place:

Final, 1st Place:

 

[ 1 WOMAN & 2 ORs (adaptive) symbol to come ]

Round 1, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 7 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 8 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  7 & 8 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 9 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 10 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  9 & 10 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 11 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 12 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  11 & 12 3rd Winner:

– – –

Round 2, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 2, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

– – –

Semifinal , Heat 1 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 2 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 3 Winner:

– – –

Final, 3rd Place:

Final, 2nd Place:

Final, 1st Place:

 

[ 1 MAN & 2 ORs (adaptive) symbol to come ]

Round 1, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 7 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 8 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  7 & 8 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 9 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 10 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  9 & 10 3rd Winner:

Round 1, Heat 11 Winner:

Round 1, Heat 12 Winner:

Round 1, Heat  11 & 12 3rd Winner:

– – –

Round 2, Heat 1 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 2 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 1 & 2 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 4 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 3 & 4 3rd Winner:

Round 2, Heat 5 Winner:

Round 2, Heat 6 Winner:

Round 2, Heat  5 & 6 3rd Winner:

– – –

Semifinal , Heat 1 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 2 Winner:

Semifinal , Heat 3 Winner:

– – –

Final, 3rd Place:

Final, 2nd Place:

Final, 1st Place:

 

END OF RESULTS

SAFETY

2.2 – EMERGENCY STOP AND ABANDOMENT PLAN, including drone.

 

The Emergency Stop plan will be used if there is a serious accident on the water or the pilot looses control of the Drone. In either case all racing and normal racing procedure will cease and full attention be given to situation in hand.

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO ATHLETES.

 

We are putting place an Emergency stop plan, to give safety and security to rowers competing and the safety teams acting on a situation. It is vital that under this scenario every athlete knows exactly what to do, to remain calm, and work with the safety personnel to secure the situation.

 

  1. The Emergency Stop Signal is an air horn, if you hear the horn sound in continuous short blasts, there is a serious incident on the water.
  2. Stop rowing immediately, hold the boat up to a stand still and locate the nearest safety marshal (canoe or inflatable launch) to await further instructions. Be vigilant for other crews who may not have stopped rowing.
  3. It is especially important that if you’re racing you must stop. You will be in the greatest danger.
  4. Drone: if there is a problem with the drone, the emergency stop signal will sound one continuous blast. Upon hearing this sound, locate the drone and move away from the vehicle. Do not make attempts to catch it or stop it ditching into the water.
  5. Wait for further information from the Safety Marshals.

 

If the incident is contained, and the safety team is happy, the racing will continue. They will communicate this to you. If incident is more serious the event will be abandoned.

 

 

Abandonment Plan
The abandonment plan will only follow an emergency stop signal if the incident in hand is not resolvable, or is escalating.

 

The safety team will have priority to attend the incident, and evacuate via the boating area. This will mean that you, the athlete, will be held on the water until this has been done. Only after this will you then be instructed to move to the bank and exit the lake.

 

While an incident is being attended to, you will be managed by available safety Marshals. If nothing is being said, please be patient, all resource will be diverted to ensure the problem is being dealt with.

 

When you are asked to row back to the pontoon to exit the lake, you must keep to the circulation pattern. Do not cut corners, or cross traffic, this is very important. Always maintain a good lookout ahead, and check other boats have seen you. Please make your voice heard and communicate.

 

Exit via the pontoons, rack your boat, and await further instructions.

ATHLETE PACK

Athletes’ notice

 

Welcome to RO Osterley.

Welcome to the RO test event. This is a stand alone test event for a series of RO events for next year. Here we are testing the concept, building the team, and making waves! This event is going to stand out for many reason! Welcome to the revolution!

 

Arriving at Osterley Park:

Bringing your boats on the roof of your car is best, however we will be able to park trailers too.

We will transport your boat to the lake on our own trailer from the main car park.

Trailers will leave every 20 minutes, but you have to be there 2 hours before your race!

Head down to the lake to Register, Rig, familiarise yourself with the RO Arena, and warm up.

 

Lake side.

Racing is tight, you will have very specific time slots in which to boat, and only 10 minutes on the water before your race!  So you will need to warm up on the rowing machines.

Check your boat! Safety is paramount! We need secure heal restraints and bow balls! If you’d like to bring life vest etc please do so!

 

RO Take Down

Every athlete has to submit a 250m erg time. This can be done anytime during the day before finals.

While you race on the water, spectators will have their chance to do their own 250’s and get ranked directly with you.

That’s why it’s called RO down! You’re there to be taken down!!!

 

Map

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the layout, you’ll be boating amongst the crowd, so know where you’re going. There will be plenty of volunteers to help you.

Again timing is everything, so don’t dally on the dock. We’re aiming to get races started every 2 minutes! Got to keep the crowd entertained!

 

What to wear?

This is really important – Think of jockeys and the multi coloured bibs! Or alternatively you can stand out as super man, a hedgehog, or the rower in Red!

This is for our commentators. Fast and furious racing won’t care about your name… yet!  However as part of this there is an important voting ‘thing’ for you to understand, but more about that later…

Also, this is October, Weather is not predictable, so bring warm training gear, also a change of clothes and a towel. Unfortunately we cannot provide showers so please be prepared to change into warm clothes after your racing there will be a changing marquee though this may be open plan.

 

SAFETY

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read the safety plan (tab above). We will have a drone on site and it is vital you understand the simple procdures around this.

 

On the Lake

There is a quick safety brief before hand, you will be quizzed before going on the water!

Remember the circulation pattern.

There will be safety canoes on the lake to help you out, and two inflatable safety launches will be around the warm up and racing lanes.

 

GO

We will hold up a rope, which your hands have to rest against, but not hold!

The start sequence is “ARE YOU READY” (BTW – This isn’t a question) 5 – 10 seconds, and a WHISTLE to go!

Use the buoys behind the start to steer, and good luck!

There will be some noise to signal a boat going over the line.

 

Race progression

In the Group Stages.  Held in the morning, you’ll be given specific times between 09:00 and 12:00.

You’re going to go for three rounds and accumulate points, simple.  The winner goes through to the RO Event, the losers get to vote!

Winner = 6 points

Second = 3 points

Third = 1 point

The RO Event is a standard-ish knockout, with wildcards!

winner = Returns to the warm up area and awaits next race.

Second = Waits by the pontoon in front of the crowd for the Vote off with an adjacent race (see the progression diagram). This public vote, run by the commentators, is a key part. Remember you might want to try and get the crowd on side! The winner of this stays on the lake, the looser, exits the lake right there!

Third = Exits the lake via any free exit stage.

In any format, if you fall in, that’s your lot I’m afraid! Please exit the lake, and pack up!

 

Prizes

We want to offer prizes to 1M&W 2O and 2M&W 2O and the Men and Women RO Down erg events.

These will be a prize giving at around 15:15, nothing for second place, sorry!

Insurance

Please ensure you have your own insurance for your boat, this must cover third party liability in case of any accident. Please check your insurance for this.

If you’re using a club boat, you should be covered, but please check with your club secretary that this is the case.

Feedback

As this is our test event, we’re desperate for feedback. What worked,what didn’t! please stay for 20 mins to have your say! If you have to dash off, though, you’ll be able to feedback on line

 

Thanks and have a great day. www.rororo.co

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