Central Coast Welcome IRBs

The second round of the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series heads to Terrigal on the state’s Central Coast this weekend for what promises to be an exhilarating two days of racing.

This weekend, 275 competitors from 23 clubs will take to the start-line to compete in events designed to simulate real life rescue situations involving individual ‘patients’ and mass rescues.

All events are based on honing the skills of both IRB driver and crewperson and the fast-paced nature of the competition makes it a great day out for spectators.

Opportunities to refine their racing skills ahead of next month’s State Championships at Mollymook have been few and far between for the competitors this season, and they will undoubtedly be keen to hit the waves at Terrigal.

Kiama Downs SLSC are the team to beat leading into this weekend’s event after securing the points in Round One at Caves Beach in the Hunter. Caves Beach and Queenscliff SLSCs rounded out the top three but will be hoping for a better run at Terrigal.

Round 2 of the Premiership will see three new clubs ready to race, Lower North Coast Branch will be represented by Forster SLSC, while Maroubra and Stockton SLSCs add to the contingent from the Hunter and Sydney Branches.

The Central Coast will be well represented at the event with hosts Terrigal joining Ocean Beach, Wamberal, and North Avoca on the start line.

Terrigal SLSC IRB Captain, Roger Stimson says his team will be pushing for a podium finish this weekend after their best start to the Premiership in Round One.

“Caves Beach was a great success for us as it was our best start to the Premiership in recent years and we’re very excited to continue our form into this weekend’s event on our home beach,” Roger Stimson said.

“We have some new recruits this season who have really surprised us with their ability in the boat and we’ve spent a lot of hours training so we’re building nicely.”

Competing clubs will be vying for more than just pride throughout the series with generous prizes on offer. As well as vouchers at each of the events, there will be an IRB engine up for grabs for the winner of the Premiership thanks to the support of Lakeside Marine.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Rob Pidgeon says with the number of entrants increasing, the weekend looks set to see some fierce competition.

“It’s great for the sport to see more clubs entered and it only means it’s going to be tougher for clubs to finish on the podium,” Rob Pidgeon says.

“The racing at Caves Beach last round was outstanding so we’re expecting crews to be at their best again this weekend.”

Round 2 of the IRB Premiership Series is scheduled to get underway at Terrigal Beach this Saturday 21 May with the start time set for 8am.

IRB Premiership Round 2 entries:

Avalon Beach, Bungan Beach, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach, Coogee, Cooks Hill, Elouera, Forster, Kiama Downs, Maroubra, Newcastle, Newport, North Avoca, North Cronulla, North Curl Curl, Ocean Beach, Queenscliff, South Maroubra, Stockton, Terrigal, Thirroul, Wamberal and Woonona.

Tue 17 May 2016