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The third 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 a barnstorming two days of racing.

Originally slated as a one-day competition, the weather-interrupted start to the season has forced the organisers to play catch-up with Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club and Gosford City Council agreeing to host the postponed Round 1 Event on the second day of racing.

This Saturday May 30 and Sunday 31 May, almost 300 competitors from 19 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 hone 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.

The Central Coast will be well represented at the event with hosts Terrigal, joining Ocean Beach, Wamberal, and North Avoca on the start line. Defending champions Kiama Downs will be out to continue their recent dominance, while a number of clubs will make the trip from the Hunter and Sydney areas.

Competing clubs will be vying for more than just pride throughout the series with generous prizes on offer. 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.

There’s a lot at stake for the competitors individually as well with Terrigal presenting one of the last chances for the athletes to impress the selectors for the NSW IRB Interstate team with it being announced in coming weeks.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed for good weather and are hopeful of seeing some fantastic competition at Terrigal this weekend,” NSW Surf Sports Manager Shane Knight said.

“Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of rough weather to start the season and have only managed to get through a third of races in the last round at Windang, but that’s the reality of the sport. I am sure that the competitors are keen to get out there and show what they can do, and we wish them all the very best of luck throughout the remainder of the Premiership Series,” he concluded.

Round 3 of the IRB Premiership Series is scheduled to get underway at Terrigal this Saturday 30 May with the starting time subject to conditions.

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The 2015 IRB Premiership Series will conclude 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 series can be viewed Here.

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

Fri 29 May 2015