Umina Beach surf boats to go on patrol in Turkey.
They gave good service to the surf lifesaving movement on the Central Coast and now two of our surfboats are on their way to serve on the Black Sea.
The two boats, from Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club, are to be sent to Turkey, where they will be used by Turkish lifesavers.
Club member and Australian Surf Rowers League secretary Alan Gibbons said the boats, formerly used at Central Coast surf carnivals, would be accompanied by two instructors.
The instructors will train up to six Turkish crews in surf boat management.
?The boats are going to Bosphorus University"s campus just north of Istanbul at Burc Beach on the shores of the Black Sea,? Mr Gibbons said.
After a five-year program to establish a surf lifesaving movement in Turkey, the boats will become part of a contingent of 100 surfboats from all over Australia and New Zealand to take part in a 100km race down the Dardenelles in 2015.
This will mark the 100th anniversary of the landing of the Anzacs in Turkey.
Turkish crews will compete along with crews from Umina Beach and other coast clubs.
DHL has sponsored Australian and New Zealand surf clubs since 2003 and its director of marketing Mark Foy said the Umina Beach boats were a good way to deliver the message of surf safety in a country with strong ties to us.
?When the Anzacs rowed their boats on to the beaches of Gallipoli almost a century ago, they were met by heavy Turkish fire,? Mr Foy said.
?Next month, another contingent of Australian boats will come ashore, to be met by grateful Turkish officials.?