Countdown On For IRB Champs
The best inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racers from around NSW will be gunning for state glory when the 2015 IRB Championships get underway at Mollymook this weekend.
Competitors will converge on the idyllic South Coast town for scrutineering from Friday with race action set to get underway at around 8am AEST on Saturday conditions permitting.
Almost 300 competitors from 22 clubs have entered the championships, a slight increase on 2014 numbers. It is expected that the event will inject around $150,000 into the local economy.
Following their successful IRB Premiership campaign, all eyes will be on Kiama Downs to see if they can convert their recent run of form into state medals. The champions won’t have it all their own way as Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and North Cronulla will be looking to reverse the result from the just completed series.
Two clubs will be making their first IRB appearance this year after being unable to compete during the premiership series with both Coledale and North Narrabeen keen to capitalise on their fresh form.
“We are looking forward to what promises to be an outstanding weekend of IRB racing at Mollymook, and would like to wish all competitors the best of luck,” NSW Surf Sports Manager Shane Knight said.
“IRB racing is an important part of our winter calendar, and is a great chance for the competitors to keep their skills sharp during the cooler months. It should be a fantastic climax to the NSW season.”
The IRB State Champs is the premier event for competitors and is 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.
NSW competitors will feature at the season-ending Interstate titles and Australian IRB Championships, which in 2015 will be held at Queensland’s Mooloolaba Beach from July 17-19.
Photograph: Action from Round 4 of the 2015 IRB Premiership Series held at Kiama Downs. Courtesy of Louis Tassone.
Thu 25 Jun 2015