Braving conditions to honour our Anzacs
BRAVING five-degrees water and rough conditions in the Dardanelles is only a small part of the challenges 12 Yamba men and women will face compared to the original Anzac landing force 100 years ago.
Yamba Surf Life Saving Club life member Mike Smith said his team would be part of a 39-strong surfboat fleet in a six-stage 53km race to commemorate the landing at Anzac Cove.
Mr Smith said they would race in boats similar to those used by the Anzac landing forces.
"It's going to be one of the most momentous moments of my boating life," Mr Smith said.
He said most of the teams would be from Australia along with teams from New Zealand, Turkey and Europe.
"We will dedicate the boat to the diggers of the Clarence Valley," he said.
"Hopefully we can put the names of the diggers who were at the Gallipoli campaign on the boat.
"The last call was the Navy will take all the participating boats over to Turkey.
Mr Smith said the race would be tough, but emotional.
"The water will be five degrees, that's a definite," he said
"If the wind is against the tide it will be rough.
"It's pretty exciting when you are screaming down the face of a wave about to wipe out with your crew."
Mr Smith said the surf club was selling sponsorship packages to go with the boat and sponsors would have their names hand written on the boat.
To sponsor the surfboat phone Mr Smith on 0418 469 722.