Jim Saunders, Mick Smith, Sam Kappeen, Andrew Bell, Mark Adamson, Michael Faulds, Rod McSkimming with a Yamba boat. Of these, only Mick Smith and Andrew Bell will be heading to Turkey in 2015.Photo: contributed
Jim Saunders, Mick Smith, Sam Kappeen, Andrew Bell, Mark Adamson, Michael Faulds, Rod McSkimming with a Yamba boat. Of these, only Mick Smith and Andrew Bell will be heading to Turkey in 2015.Photo: contributed

Rowing for the Anzacs

A DOZEN Yamba surf club boat rowers will head to Turkey to race in the Gallipoli 100.

Joining teams from across the globe, the Clarence Valley rowers will race for two days, covering 53km, in some of the harshest conditions on earth.

The Gallipoli 100 is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War and surf boat captain Rod McSkimming said they were in for a hard ride.

"They're going to face very different conditions - it will be absolutely freezing with sleet and ice," McSkimming said.

While he won't be going on the trip in April 2015, McSkimming completed the course in 2010 and can speak from experience.

"It will be very hard because they're used to rowing in bare bums - in Speedos - but they'll be racing in thermal wetsuits," he said.

The trip will cost about $8000 for each rower, so the team are starting to organise fundraisers so Yamba can get their team over there.

Heading over is Mick Smith, Tim George, Ray Wiblen, Josh Ryan, Andrew Bell, Alan Schofield, Zac Robison, Caleb Ellem, Jo King, Leah Essex, Hannah Smith and Angela Eke.

They will stay in Turkey for nine days, sleeping on a ship with other rowers.



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