The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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