Speedboats will be roaring around Albert Park Lake tomorrow afternoon while Australia's national day of remembrance is being commemorated at the Shrine - only a few hundred years away.

The roar of racing speedboats will blast the air as thousands of people at the Shrine ceremony observe a two-minute silence.

The speedboat races conducted by the Victorian Speedboat Club, will be the only sizable organised Anzac Day sporting fixture in Victoria.

The State President of the RSL, Sir William Hall, said today: "This is a most blatant disregard of the State Government's intention to cancel all organised sporting events for this solemn day of remembrance.

"It is incredible Australian sportsmen intend to openly break the silence if a national tribute to the fallen with roaring speedboats on a lake, adjacent to the Shrine, through a loophole in the law.

"The State Government has prohibited any organised sporting event for which a charge or donation is required from spectators.

"Because they are not charging tomorrow, they are using this as a loophole in the Act to go ahead with their meeting. They are breaking the spirit of the Government's intention, but not the law."

A member of the committee of the Victorian Speedboat Club, Mr. R. Simpson, said today: "Fortunately there are no gates and no charges to see the meeting."

He said the club had permission from the Albert Park Trust to conduct the meeting.

"There would be about 15 events, between about 2 and 5 p.m.," he said. Asked if the speedboats would make much noise, Mr. Simpson replied: "Well, we've got permission to run them."

Normally Anzac Day commemorations and the march are held on the morning of Anzac Day and sporting events in the afternoon.

This year because Anzac Day falls on a Sunday, the march and ceremonies are in the afternoon. Organised sport has been cancelled.

The march starts ar 1.30. The first marchers are expected at the Shrine at 1.45, and will continue to arrive throughout the afternoon.

It will be about 4 p.m. when the Governor, Sir Rohan Delacombe, addresses the Shrine gathering. His speech will be followed by two minutes' silence, observed in memory of departed comrades.

Throughout the whole of this time the speedboat meeting - according to its schedule - will race along.


1971, 'Speedboats Will Roar,' Sporting Globe, April 24, p.3.