Hayle Surf Life Saving Club return triumphant
Inshore rescue boat (IRB) teams from across Europe got together to test their skills and compete at the European IRB championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. Representatives from Belgium, Latvia, England, Germany, Poland and Denmark took part, representing 13 clubs and 33 teams. Hayle surf life saving club sent a small team of four, consisting of a male and a female team.
The competition tests the skills of IRB drivers and crew through various simulated rescues. With such a small team, it was necessary for the women to act as patients for the men. The men then returned the favour and the women had to rescue them, which made the event even more challenging.
After a day of great racing the team came away with a gold medal and European title in the ladies mass rescue and a silver in the men’s single pick up. The club managed to achieve an overall position of fifth, an astonishing position for such a small team.
Overall results 1st Saunton sands, 2nd Denmark lifeguards, 3rd Denmark instructors, 4th Bantham, 5th Hayle, so three of the top five club were from the South West of England!
The club is now looking forward to sending a bigger team to the national IRB championships at Bigbury on the 6th October.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring the Hayle Surf Life Saving Club for future events or for more information about the club and inshore rescue boats please call Dave Parker 07967213204