Oarsmen head to Gallipoli after 27 years of discussion
AFTER years of planning, the dream of rowing at Gallipoli is about to come true for members of the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club.
Trevor Clark, Dennis Crossley, Ian Thorncroft and Warren Whitten will row one of 100 boats next week for a historic re-enactment of the legendary Gallipoli landings in Turkey.
The rowers are paying tribute to the boatloads of Anzac troops who waded in the darkness to the Gallipoli Peninsula on the morning of April 25, 1915.
Mr Whitten said it was a "once in a lifetime" chance.
"We've been tossing around the idea since 1988 and five years ago we decided to put our names down."
The crew then raised the funds and with the support of local sponsors, successfully registered their place.
The crew arrived in Turkey this week and will start the 50km row on Wednesday.
The row starts at Morto and loops around Anzac Cove back to Morto Bay.
The surfboat crews will row in to shore to replicate the first wave of 26 landings at Anzac Cove.