ACTION PACKED: Inflatable Rescue Boat teams will converge on Rainbow Beach today as day one of the Ocean Roar Inflatable Rescue Boat series gets under way.
ACTION PACKED: Inflatable Rescue Boat teams will converge on Rainbow Beach today as day one of the Ocean Roar Inflatable Rescue Boat series gets under way. Contributed

Rainbow Beach set to roar as the rescue boats fire up

SURF LIFE SAVING: More than 250 lifesavers will line up at Rainbow Beach this weekend for round three of Surf Life Saving Queensland's Ocean Roar Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Series.

The high-octane IRB series will see competitors battle it out across two days of racing, putting their surf skills to the ultimate test in a series of fast and furious rescue simulations.

The competition continues an action-packed six weeks of IRB racing on the Sunshine Coast, ahead of the Queensland Championships at Kawana Waters in July.

Surf Life Saving Queensland sports manager Stuart Hogben is expecting plenty of excitement this weekend, but also said the competition had a serious side to it as well.

"Aside from the spectacle of racing, it's important to remember that these events are a genuine reinforcement of lifesaving skills,” he said.

"The races are all about simulating rescue situations and testing the abilities of drivers and crew as they're transferred to a competitive setting.”

The competition kicks off today and concludes tomorrow.

Perfect weather is forecast for the event, aiding competitors to navigate the sometimes tricky Rainbow Beach swell.

Racing action starts at 8am today and wraps up at 4pm with a 9am start scheduled for tomorrow before the competition ends at 3pm.

Gympie Times


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