Surfboat salute to Diggers

ANZAC TRIBUTE: Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club rowers with other boat crews at Gallipoli. Funds are being raised to help 12 members of the club travel to the Gallipoli landing centenary next year.
ANZAC TRIBUTE: Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club rowers with other boat crews at Gallipoli. Funds are being raised to help 12 members of the club travel to the Gallipoli landing centenary next year.

AS DAY breaks on Friday morning two surf boats and nine crew will row from Yamba's main beach towards the rising sun.

Paying homage to the bravery of Anzac servicemen and women in their own unique way, the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club aim to establish a new tradition.

Surf boat captain Rod McSkimming said the idea was borrowed from other surf clubs along the coast.

"We did it here for the first time last year and from the positive feedback we had, we plan to keep it up," he said.

"It's our way of paying tribute to the Anzacs - out in the ocean."

Meanwhile the countdown is on to the 100th anniversary of landing at Gallipoli when 12 members of the Yamba SLSC will join rowers from around the world to race for two days off the shore of Gallipoli, Turkey on Anzac Day 2015.

Costing an estimated $80,000 to get the Yamba team and their 'gear' to Turkey, Mr McSkimming said fundraising had been a huge effort.

He thanked the many supporters who had already put their hands in their pockets, including the Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club that has announced their intention to help out with finances.

GTDSC president Tim Wright said the club was proud to support the rowers in whatever way it could.

"We always donate what we can to charities and this year a share of the proceeds from the Weekend of Trucking in June will be given to the Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club," Mr Wright said.

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