100 Surf Boats at Gallipoli
Friday 24 April, 2015
Source: Surf Life Saving South Australia
Brighton Members of the well known and competitive ‘Redbacks’ Masters surf boat crew of Steve Bell, Chris Hilliard, Tom Murdoch, Graham Cummings and Warwick Archer will be travelling to Turkey to participate in the 100th anniversary of the 25th April 1915 ANZAC Gallipoli landings. Brighton will partner with Coolum SLSC of Qld.
While the crew have funded themselves to well over $7,000.00, RSL Care SA have provided sponsorship for apparel and the Club has also provided some support. RSL Care SA is provides aged retirement accommodation and aged care homes for veterans and their families.
The 100th anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli by the ANZACs will be commemorated in a special way by The Gallipoli 100 Organisation. The Gallipoli 100 is to be a surfboat race featuring surfboats manned by Australian, New Zealand and Turkish crews held on 22 and 23 April 2015 from Eceabat (SL Kilitbahir – Çanakkale) to North Beach (FL Ariburnu).
These Surf Clubs and Teams will be there:
- Turkish entrants
Galatasaray Spor Kulübü
- Australian entrants
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
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.
We wish our Brighton boys well in their travels and thank them for honouring our fallen on our behalf on this very special occasion.