IRB championships

The fourth British IRB championships were held at Maenporth beach, Falmouth on 9 October. Teams from Whitsand Bay, Hayle, Branksome, Southbourne, Portreath and Falmouth competed fiercely for over five hours for a series of trophies. The RNLI pooled motors and boats were involved in some frantic and fast action which helps improve driving and crewing skills for rescue situations.

RNLI Operations Director Michael Vlasto presented the prizes and, after seeing Adam Wooler run past in first place during one of the heats, commented: 'Wow - he really does have a body of steel!'

John and Chris Speight from Arancia in New Zealand made the trip over for the event and were very impressed by the standard of the crews. John commented: 'the teams from Dorset really showed the Cornwall boys and girls a thing or two!'

The overall top club was Hayle who took the Charles Thompson Trophy after winning the Arancia Single Rescue trophy and the Warren Mitchell Mass Rescue trophy. However, Whitsand Bay came from nowhere to blitz the field in the tube rescue and take away the new RNLI trophy. Both Branksome and Southbourne collected the remaining silver and bronze medals and went home pleased as punch with their efforts.