North Burleigh SLSC took no prisoners this weekend to take out their fourth consecutive National Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championship yesterday on the NSW South Coast.
North Burleigh dominated winning the event by an incredible 14 points ahead of local South Coast club Kiama Downs who took out second on 21 points.
Caves Beach SLSC NSW and Point Lookout SLSC QLD came in equal third on 16 points.
The 1.5 – 2 metre swell was rolling in, the IRB motors were humming and our lifesavers put on some amazing racing for the crowd down at Mollymook Beach.
Well over 600 competitors, officials and coaches from over 40 clubs contributed to the weekend’s success which was remarked on by Shoalhaven councillor Mark Kitchener at the presentation ceremony.
Possibly the best spectator sport in surf lifesaving, the team sport didn’t fail to impress crowds for the National Championship finals.
A moderate shore dump and rising swells ensured that every crew put all their lifesaving skills into action.
“The IRB Championships are unique as they are not only a competition that puts our surf lifesavers into simulated rescue conditions; but they are also the only surf lifesaving sport that utilises a power craft rescue device” Shane Knight, SLSA’s National Sports Manager said.
Mollymook turned on a perfect day for the finals. The swell picked up, the wind dropped off and the sun stayed out making it a great day for competitors, officials and spectators alike.
“The venue was ideal for IRB racing and offered testing surf conditions which test the skills of the crews and lead to a lot of close finishes” Rick Wright, Chair of the SLSA Championships Committee said.
“Watching the crews compete and demonstrating the high level of skill they have is a great reminder of what good hands the public are in when they visit one of our patrolled beaches.”
“During the 2014/15 patrol season, over 1,300 rescues were performed using an IRB by surf lifesavers Australia wide. The IRB competition develops and enhances skills and techniques used for saving lives every day. The Championship provides an opportunity to test these skills against other surf lifesavers in simulated rescue events, as a result providing a better service to the community.” Shane Daw, National Coastal Risk and Safety Manager said.
For a full list of results visit our results page.
|Australian IRB 2016 – Overall Rank and Points Report|
|1||North Burleigh SLSC||35|
|2||Kiama Downs SLSC||21|
|3||Caves Beach SLSC||16|
|3||Point Lookout SLSC||16|
|5||North Cronulla SLSC||13|
|6||Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.)||10|
|6||Alexandra Headland SLSC||10|
|7||Dicky Beach SLSC||9|
|8||Kawana Waters SLSC||8|
|9||Catherine Hill Bay SLSC||6|
|12||Aldinga Bay SLSC||0|
|12||Sunset Beach SLSC (NZ)||0|
|12||Brighton SLSC (SA)||0|
|12||West Beach SLSC||0|
|12||Coogee SLSC (NSW)||0|
|12||Coolum Beach SLSC||0|
|12||Brighton LSC Inc (VIC)||0|
|12||Bribie Island SLSC||0|
|12||South Melbourne LSC||0|
|12||Miami Beach SLSC||0|
|12||Bungan Beach SLSC Inc||0|
|12||Mermaid Beach SLSC Inc||0|
|12||South Maroubra SLSC||0|
|12||Port Noarlunga SLSC||0|
|12||Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC||0|
|12||North Curl Curl SLSC||0|