There were many life savers and future life savers who fought at Gallipoli, including a number of our pre-war life savers who did not return.
This race and the additional programme set to coincide with the cultural activities planned by the Turkish Government will further the friendship between Turkey, Australia and New Zealand whilst enabling those participating to pay their respects to all who lost their lives so many years ago.
The race was a proven concept. We have had boats at ANZAC Cove; and are training Turkish crews. To make it a reality we neededf community involvement and got it to sponsor boats in the race, surf club members to go to Turkey in the intervening years to acclimatise themselves and train Turkish crews; and
for you and your club to join the race and associated tour.
Our photos show the landing of boats at North Beach (with all of the approvals necessary to enter the restricted waters) on 27 August 2010.
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13 April 2015 - Turkish Crew Training on TV
Our Namik Kemal University crew makes the Australian Channel 7 news.
28 November 2013 - Geography is no Barrier
Being 100 kilometres from the ocean has not stopped the Goulburn community from being part of the Gallipoli 100. This surf boat is sponsored by the Goulburn Soldiers' Club with event participation organised by
the Goulburn Mulwaree Rotary Club. There have been 16 rowers in training on Lake Narrambulla, north of Goulburn with help from the North Bondi Surf Club. They will be going to Gallipoli to participate in the Gallipoli 100 surf boat event run by the Australian Surf Rowers League. The 31 names on the boat are those 1914/15 Goulburn residents who volunteered for service in WW1 and died in the fighting at Gallipoli.
The exercise has also proven a great fundraiser for Rotary. The Goulburn Mulwaree Rotary club is the main beneficiary of the fund raising that
will continue over the next 12 months.
The logos on the boat are from bow to stern, The Goulburn Soldiers Club,
Military History Tours / Gallipoli 100, Rotary, the 31 names of the WW1 soldiers
who came from Goulburn and died at Gallipoli (half each side ), and the North Bondi Surf Club name.
To quote the Goulburn Post
"GOULBURNS surf boat crews have commenced training for the 2015 Anzac Centenary Surf Boat Race along the Gallipoli coast.
The training is being undertaken on Lake Narrambulla, formerly known as Lake Ross and a popular venue for water activities last century.
Local crews are being taught how to row surf rescue craft by members of the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, which participants are joining.
Paul Murphy, a local resident and member of the Goulburn Mulwaree Rotary Club launched the idea of sending a Goulburn boat to compete in this
ANZAC Centenary event of which he is one of the organisers.
Colonel Murphy, a former soldier, is also an active member of the North Bondi Surf Club and a keen surf boat racing competitor.
He and James Mifsud are organising the regular training sessions which started on Sunday,
29 September 2013.
They are sure that when the time comes in 2015, Goulburn will have sufficient trained and fit personnel to crew at least one craft on this surfboat race spectacle off the Turkish coast.
Training for the crews will also involve their obtaining a surf lifesaving Bronze Medallion which is slightly different and more difficult than the still water equivalent that some of the participants may already have achieved.
This aspect of the training will be completed at the North Bondi Surf Club. There were a few participants missing from the first training session but it is anticipated that there will be more than enough fit Goulburnians keen to undertake the rigorous training and fill the sliding seats of the craft that are not unlike the landing vessels that rowed ashore on
25 April 1915."
Photo courtesy the Goulburn Post 28 November 2013
30 April 2013 - Situation Update
The current confirmed entries for the event are listed above. In the last few weeks we have had confirmation from Turkey that the Gallipoli 100 event will be the major activity on the
23rd and 24th April over the ANZAC Commemorative week. Crews from Australia and Turkey have also rowed the G100 course earlier this week for the
third time and some photos of the crews are also shown below.
In June this year, the event director, Bert Hunt, president of the ASRL, and Chairman of SLSAs surf boat committee, and I will travel to Gallipoli to meet with the Turkish committee organing the Commemorative period activities in 2015. On our return we plan to detail all the requirements you need to know to prepare your surf boat and have it ready for shipping to Gallipoli. The movement of surf boats take anywhere from 8-12 weeks, depending on transhipment rquirements. You should plan on your boat being ready to load by October, 2014. If the shipping method is changed, you will get plenty of notice.
The course for day 1 of the event has had a slight amendment. Stage 3, from Morto Bay out into the Aegean Sea and to X Beach has been shortened by about 800 metres as we have found on this years row, a suitable beach to change crews, without having to use a pontoon at X beach. The full course other than this change remains the same.
We are still insisting on each surf boat has a minimum of 2 crews. For any entrant with only one crew would still be able to enter but would start at Morto Bay, not at the start line in the Dardanelles adjacent to Eceabat Canakkale. All crew changes will be on a beach and crews will be moved from beach to beach by coach. If you row the first sector on day one, finishing at the lighthouse beach on the Dardanelles, your crew will be coached to the start of the
3rd leg near X beach.
All surf club entrants are reminded that final payment for the tour is required not later than 28 November this
year (2013). You can make periodic payments each month from this month till
(bring your own vegemite!!!!)
Paul (Murphy) and Bert
Ps we have a rubber duck also so if you have experience with IRBs that is a bonus.
April 2013 saw an all female crew rowed the course, to quote Sasha Bendall:
"Ultimate Day! A Womens crew of 5 rowing into Anzac cove without a breath of wind on the water. My arms were covered in goosebumps! What a
June 2011 saw us in Turkey training Turkish crews; there was even to be
one from Eceabat on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
These Surf Clubs and Teams were there ...
Turkish entrants Bogaziçi University
Galatasaray Spor Kulübü
Namik Kemal University
Avoca Beach SLSC
Bungan Beach and North Steyne SLSCs
Coolum Beach SLSC
Lakes Entrance SLSC
North Bondi SLSC (2 Boats)
Soldiers Beach SLSC
South Curl Curl SLSC
Trigg Island SLSC
New Zealand entrants:
Muriwai Lifeguard Service
Red Beach SLSC