Rubber Duckies Return To Caves Beach For Racing Season Opener

The sun has barely set on a hugely successful season of summer surf sports, but now attention switches to the opening weekend of the 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series at Caves Beach, where the best-of-the-best racers will go head-to-head in a pulsating weekend of racing.

Points will be at a premium throughout the four rounds of the IRB Premiership Series with every race counting towards the final score, which will determine the overall winners. With next month’s State Championships at Mollymook looming on the horizon, the competitors will relish the chance to get out on the water this weekend.

This weekend 19 clubs will take to the start-line and will compete in events designed to simulate real life situation of “Tube Rescue, IRB Rescue, Teams and Mass Rescue”.

All events are based on honing the skills of both IRB driver and crewperson to use in real rescue situations.

Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay, and Cooks Hill will be out to use their familiarity of the conditions to get their campaign off to the best possible start, while defending champions Kiama Downs will be out to continue their dominance of recent seasons.

As always there will be Sydney clubs keen to show their talents, with the “triple ns” of North Cronulla, Newport and North Curl Curl all entering teams.

Competing clubs will be competing for more than just pride throughout the four-part series with generous prizes on offer throughout the competition. As well as vouchers at each of the events throughout the campaign there will be two IRB motors up for grabs thanks to the support of Tohatsu Australia.

At the conclusion of the final round an IRB motor will be presented to the overall premiership club in the standings, with the second one 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 Sports Coordinator Rob Pidgeon believes it will be a highly competitive and open series of racing, with talented IRB crews determined to showcase their skills.

“It’s going to be an exciting series of racing and at this stage of the season no one knows who the favourites are. There will be some veterans of the series keen to prove their title credentials early, but also there could be some undiscovered talented teams. That’s the beauty of this sport,”

“We are looking forward to a highly competitive Premiership Series starting this weekend at the beautiful Caves Beach, and continuing right throughout the four rounds. I would just like to wish all the competitors the very best of luck,” Mr Pidgeon concluded.

Competition gets underway at Caves Beach this Saturday 2 May at 10.30 AEDT before wrapping up on Sunday.

Following the conclusion of this event, Round 2 of the IRB Premiership Serieswill heat up on May 16 at Windang in the Illawarra Branch before races at Terrigal and Kiama Downs round out the action packed series.

For more information please visit the Premiership Series Page

Results from Round 1 of the 2015 IRB Premiership Series can be found Here

Fri 1 May 2015