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' Racing on the Zambesi'
ERNEST BARRY
This evening Ernest Barry is to describe his first attempt to win the world's sculling championship. The holder was Dick Arnst , the Australian, and they arranged for the race to take place on the Zambesi, South Africa being a halfway house between Australia and England.
It was in 1910, and Barry set out with high hopes of victory. He was already the British champion and the holder of the record of the fastest time from Putney to Mortlake—a record that has never been beaten. He reached Africa and went up country. He and his rival stayed at Livingstone, which in those days had only about 120 white inhabitants. The course was three and a half miles, and the river so infested with crocodiles and hippopotami that the competitors were warned that if either of them swamped, he had better stay in mid-stream until rescued. Barry lost, but two years later over the Putney to Mortlake course, he had his revenge and so won the sculling championship of the world.
Listeners will remember his talk last
January in which he described how he took to the water. He was born on the river. He won Doggetts Coat and Badge when he was twenty-one, and soon found the only sculling he could get was as scratch man in Rum Turn handicaps. His entries were refused for open races all over the country lest he scared other competitors away.

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