IRB Racing

IRB (Inflat­able Res­cue Boat) com­pe­ti­tion aims to improve the skills and tech­nique of IRB dri­vers and crew as well as allow crews to demon­strate their tech­niques and abil­i­ties to per­form res­cues.

If you are inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in what is tru­ly a fast and furi­ous, adren­a­lin pump­ing sport, then please con­tact Lau­rie the IRB Rac­ing Team Man­ag­er.

There are five events in IRB com­pe­ti­tion:

IRB Rescue – Single

Teams are com­prised of one patient, one dri­ver and one crew mem­ber. The patient is posi­tioned on the sea­ward side of the des­ig­nat­ed buoy. The dri­ver and crew mem­ber are on the beach side of the crew start/finish line adja­cent to their beach posi­tion indi­ca­tors. On the starter’s sig­nal, the crew launch­es the IRB, pro­ceeds through the surf to pick up the patient, round the buoy and return to shore.

IRB Rescue – Tube Rescue

Teams are com­prised of one patient, one dri­ver, and one crew mem­ber. Patients are posi­tioned at their respec­tive patient buoys, set approx­i­mate­ly 25 metres on the sea­ward side of the turn­ing buoys. Crew mem­bers are posi­tioned on the beach side of the crew start/finish line, adja­cent to their respec­tive beach posi­tion indi­ca­tors.

On the starter’s sig­nal, com­peti­tors launch their IRBs, pro­ceed through the surf and turn around their respec­tive turn­ing buoy. The crew mem­ber uses the res­cue tube. After the IRB has round­ed the turn­ing buoy, the crew mem­ber with the res­cue tube held in a secure grip, enters the water and swims past the turn­ing buoy to their patients.

The crew mem­ber secures the res­cue tube around the arms of the patient and tows the patient back to the IRB. Once the crew mem­ber makes con­tact with the IRB or dri­ver, he or she may board before the patient. The dri­ver may assist the crew mem­ber and/or patient into the IRB. (Patients may also assist them­selves in board­ing the IRB.) After the patient is in the craft and IRB has com­menced, the dri­ver nav­i­gates the IRB around the team’s respec­tive turn­ing buoy and returns to shore to fin­ish.

IRB Teams Rescue

Teams are com­prised of one patient and two crews (one dri­ver and one crew mem­ber per crew). The patient is posi­tioned on the sea­ward side of a des­ig­nat­ed buoy. Both crews are posi­tioned on the beach side of the crew start/finish line adja­cent to their beach posi­tion indi­ca­tor.

On the starter’s sig­nal, the first crew launch­es the IRB and pro­ceeds through the surf to the patient. On the inside of the turn (as the IRB rounds the buoy), the crew mem­ber jumps over­board on the sea­ward side of the buoy. The dri­ver com­pletes the buoy turn and returns to shore alone.

Mean­while the crew mem­ber of the sec­ond crew moves into the water.
The first dri­ver stays in con­tact and in con­trol of the IRB until the sec­ond crew mem­ber secures and takes con­trol of the IRB. The first dri­ver runs up the beach and cross­es the crew start/finish line to tag the sec­ond dri­ver who pro­ceeds to the IRB.

The sec­ond crew re-launch­es the IRB, pre­cedes through the surf to pick-up the patient and the first crew mem­ber, rounds their buoy, and returns to shore to fin­ish the event.

IRB Mass Rescue

Teams are com­prised of one dri­ver, one crew­man and two patients. Both patients will be tak­en out to the buoy, where one will wait on either side (sea side or shore side) of the buoy to be res­cued. The crew shall pro­ceed out to sea, pick up their first patient and return to shore. The dri­ver and the patient must exit the IRB where the patient retires to the beach. The dri­ver pro­ceeds to the start/finish line, rounds their respec­tive beach posi­tion mark­er and returns to the IRB. The IRB is re-launched and the crew pro­ceeds to res­cue the sec­ond patient and return them to shore, on to the beach and across the fin­ish line.

IRB Relay

This event is a con­tin­u­ous relay involv­ing the four events detailed above in the fol­low­ing order: Res­cue Tube, Mass Res­cue, Teams Res­cue and Res­cue. Each leg shall be as per the indi­vid­ual event descrip­tions except for changeovers between legs. The fin­ish shall be fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Res­cue (fourth) leg of the race.