BULAWAYO, Monday, October 24, 1966 — In a spectacular display of controlled steering and daring nerve, Bulawayo’s Robert Batty won the coveted Kabot Brothers Trophy for the most points at the Bulawayo Power Boat Club’s regatta at Ncema Dam yesterday.
Nearly 500 power boat enthusiasts saw him scream past the finishing line for three first places, three seconds and two thirds.
Driving his old Mercury engine at about 85mph during the final scratch race for hydros, he raced neck and neck with Salisbury’s Ian Taylor.
Finally, Taylor using a Konnig outfit, conceded defeat.
Later, Ken Winsor, commodore of the Rhodesian Motor Boating Club, tipped Batty as a certainty for the tests against South Africa next year.
Others who pushed themselves into the test selectors’ eyes were Salisbury’s Alan Bernstein (16) who came a close second to Batty on overall points, and Norman Duckitt, also from Salisbury, who won the five-lap scratch event for open hydros.
Competitors came from the main centres of Rhodesia and those from the Victoria Falls, notably D Maritz, won a number of closely contested races.
The crowds were given a brief but masterly display of water skiing and the Mayor of Bulawayo, Clr Abe Menashe, said before the Mayoress presented the prizes, that BPBC members should consider holding open days for the members of the public.