COMPETITION HEATS UP: One of the teams competing in the IRB Ocean Roar on June 1-2.
COMPETITION HEATS UP: One of the teams competing in the IRB Ocean Roar on June 1-2. Garry Hewitt

500 people to descend on Rainbow for rescue boat action

SURF LIFESAVING: The Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club has secured round 4 of the Ocean Raw series of Inflatable Rescue Boat racing competition next month.

This is the third time the club has hosted the event and president Shane Handy said they only found on Tuesday the event was going ahead.

"The erosion caused by the cyclone could have meant that this event might have been cancelled," he said.

"If it had been a couple weeks later it would have been fine but we were borderline and luckily we can host it."

As many as 500 people could be at Rainbow Beach for the event.

 

Shane Handy.
Shane Handy. Renee Albrecht

"There will be about 150 competitors with about 300 to 500 people," Handy said.

"We are trying to get the community to come down to have a good look and to keep it going at Rainbow."

The event has a large following in Queensland, especially among surf club members who would simulate rescue situations.

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"At the end of the day these are things that can happen every day," Handy said.

"It is an important piece of equipment on the patrols and people see this race and they know why that red boat sits on the beach."

Handy said there was nothing quiet like the IRB racing.

"It is different to a surf carnival, there is stuff happening all the time," he said.

"The boats really pick up the pace and they are pushed to the limit. There will be single patient rescues, mass rescues and tube rescues."

It is not just racing, Handy said there would be a bit of an atmosphere down there.

"The weather should be alright and it is always a good time," he said.

"We will have music playing and Beauty and the Beard Eats and Events will be there cooking."

IRB racing, June 1-2 at Rainbow Beach

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