19 Australian, 2 New Zealand and 5 Turkish Surfboats rowed on the Gallipoli peninsular in a spectacular show of emotional respect to the diggers and Turkish soldiers of the Gallipoli campaign. Each boat had at least two crews of rowers so 300 rowers were part of this amazing spectacle. The event, which wasn't a race, was conducted in the extremes of weather ranging from freezing and wet to beautiful and sunny.
Highlights other than the event itself was to see all crews stop in front of Anzac Cove for an emotional raising of oars with 3 Bag pipers in support. Not a dry eye on the beach but even more amazing was the reaction of the tourists from all over the battlefield as they looked down on this wonderful tribute by our surf lifesavers.
To top the trip off, all crews played a key role in the alternate dawn service at Gallibolu. At exactly the time of the original landings our surf boats appeared out of the dark to simulate the original landing. A lone piper was heard from out in the boats just prior to the row ashore and the raised oar solute that followed. This was a once in a century event that those in attendance will never forget.