Rubber Duckie Racing Heads To Windang

Inclement weather may have forced the cancellation of the opening weekend of the 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series at Caves Beach, but that won’t stop the teams of racers fronting up for the second round at Windang on the Illawarra Coast.

This Saturday, 230 competitors from 18 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.

As there were no races held last-start, it’s still very much anyone’s competition. Points over the remaining three rounds will be vital and all competing clubs will be keen to get some solid results under the belt ahead of next month’s State Championships at Mollymook.

All eyes will be on defending champions Kiama Downs who will be out to continue their dominance of recent seasons, and with the season to conclude at their home beach they will be looking to stamp their authority on the competition early.

Hunter clubs Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay, Newcastle and Cooks Hill will all make the trek south, while Sydney and the Central Coast will also be well represented.

Competing clubs will be vying for more than just pride throughout the series with generous prizes on offer throughout the competition. As well as vouchers as prizes at each of the events there will be two IRB engines up for grabs thanks to the support of Tohatsu Australia – one engine will be presented to the overall premiership winner, with the second going to the “most deserving club.”

This award is aimed at encouraging smaller clubs and those new to the sport to enter the state’s premier IRB racing event.

NSW Surf Sport Manager Shane Knight said he is anticipating a highly competitive series. “Unfortunately the weather is something that is out of our control, but I’m sure all the competitors are super keen to get out on the water to demonstrate their skills, and kick-off the series this weekend,” Mr Knight said.

“It’s a great time of the season as no one knows who the favourites are, and all the teams are on equal points. I would just like to wish all the competitors the best of luck for not only this race at Windang, but also the remainder of the Premiership Series.”

The competition is scheduled to get underway at Windang this Saturday 16 May with an expected starting time of 8am AEST subject to conditions. Please check our Facebook Event Page and website for full details or timetable updates.

The third round of the IRB Premiership Series will take place at Terrigal Beach on the NSW Central Coast on Saturday 30 May, with the competition wrapping up with two days of racing at Kiama Downs on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June.

For more information please visit the Premiership Series page.

Results from the event can be Found Here.

Photograph: Action from the 2014 IRB Premiership Series courtesy of Rachel Fenwick Images.

Fri 15 May 2015