IRB Racing Season 2022 - Round 2 - Tugan - 21st/22nd May
Published: May 25, 2022 Last Updated: May 25, 2022
The race commenced at Tugun Beach with the weather being as described nothing less then dismal. Racing started with rain, wind and big average surf of 2meters, with some bigger sets rolling through over two banks. Combined with 7 second wave intervals, conditions were made even harder to race.
Alastair McGregor and Jason Brown raced first up in the open surf, with a good start. Only then to be halted as they punch through a big wave, filling the boat like a bath tub, and the motor choking and spluttering for about 10 seconds. This pushed them to last position. They continued on, getting through the race and crawling back a few positions, before a sand bank slowed them - almost bringing them to a complete stop. They overcame this obstacle, with a quick sprint finish up the beach and just missing out on making to the next round.
After a few more races having been run, with multiple boat flips by other clubs, the carnival was cancelled for the day. The team took this opportunity to get together and have some bonding time with a Team BBQ.
The next day the carnival was moved to Bilinga Beach, a few kms south of Tugun, to seek some protection from the conditions. At the start of the day’s racing it seemed ok, but then turned bad again.
Caleb Thomas and David Corin (David being new to the team this season) took on the big surf and managed to finish the race unscathed.
Next up was Caleb with Toby Andrews - battling it out in the under 23’s. They were on fire! Making out to the cans first, to then hit a big wave, forcing them to retire from the race with a broken tiller arm. Mooloolaba team in the lane beside them suffered the same fate off the same wave! You would never in a million years think that would happen.
A quick motor change and the team was back in action ready to race again. Watching the IRBs race across the water was like watching a mob of Kangaroos bounding skywards as they leaped over the waves. It looked impressive to say the least.
Alastair and Jason raced again in the old boys 45+ category, giving the other clubs a run for their money. Close racing as always, but no podium finish.
The carnival was then again cancelled, due to bad weather. The team is looking forward to the next carnival being held at Broadbeach on 4th & 5th June, then at Mooloolaba on 18th & 19th June. So keep the Mooloolaba dates free and come and see what makes this sport so exciting!
Thanks to Sharlene Swan and Alison Smithies as officials, Leah Henshaw team Manager and Chris Smithies as team coach for braving the weather with the rest of team.
(Jason Brown – Team Captain)
Support Coolum Surf Club
Not ready to become part of Coolum Surf Club but still want to help?
It takes a lot of money to run a surf lifesaving club; from the equipment needed on the beach (vehicles, boards, IRBs, first aid kits, defibrillators etc) to administration and training to facilitate patrolling.
So if you can't join us, support us through one of the following options.
Coolum Beach SLSC Nippers
Does your child want to become a Nipper?
Looking for a fun summer sport where your kids will learn essential surf safety skills, gain confidence in the ocean, and meet new friends?
Coolum Nippers is the answer! Nippers run from the September school holidays to February/March and is open to kids from 5 to 12 yrs.
Not only will they learn surf safety and what surf lifesaving is all about, but also have the opportunity to compete in carnivals and have mid-week training to improve their skills.
Latest from our SLSC Blog
IRB Ocean Roar Series - Round 4 - Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba turned it on weather and surf wise, with sunny days and flat water. This made racing extremely quick. There were lots of events which the Team entered, including Open Surf, Mass Surf, Tube Swim, Teams Surf and Taplin Race. DAY ONE (Saturday) Driver - Caleb Thomas - and Cr...
Coolum Beach Supporters Club AGM - Nominations & AGM
Dear Club Members, Please see attached the Supporters club Committee nominations for the 2022-2023 season along with the AGM Agenda. A reminder that the AGM will be held Saturday 25 June 2022 at the Coolum Beach Surf Lifesaving Members Area - 1775 David Low Way, Coolum Beach. The...
Annual Awards - 2022
The Dick Lugge Best Patrol Member Award - Caleb Thomas Caleb has been our IRB Officer the past two years and held the transport officer role last season. He is a backup Patrol Captain, has helped out with IRb training, part of the emergency response group and support operations. For the last five...