Yamba boaties in two-day race to Anzac Cove

YAMBA boaties are currently involved in the Gallipoli 100 Surfboat Race in Turkey. More than 30 surf boat crews from around the world started the 60km, two-day journey from Eceabat around the Dardanelles to Anzac Cove yesterday (April 21). The event pays tribute to the sacrifices solders made 100 years ago and reaches Anzac Cove in time for the commemorations marking the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.

Among those competing are the Yamba Open Women's crew of Leah Essex, Angela Eke, Jo King and Hannah Smith, who flew out of Brisbane on Saturday.

"Very honoured to represent our club at such an important moment in Australian history," Essex said on the Yamba SLSC Facebook page.

Team manager Alan Schofield, Josh Ryan, Andrew Bell, Zac Robison, Tim George, Alan Schofield and Scott Greensill with Nick Smith and Ray Wiblen as sweeps make up the remainder of the crew.

Follow their journey via their blog.

Rowers are warned on the event website "the water temp is officially bloody cold as it is fresh water pouring down from the great European inland rivers driven by the winter thaw".

Meanwhile, Yamba SLSC Boaties will again participate in the Yamba Dawn Service at Main Beach on Anzac Day. This year crews from other surf clubs will join them in a pre-dawn row out and raising of the oars.



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