The Night that Sally was Slashed at FCC - History Snippet 11a

The night that Sally was slashed at FCC

We all consider that our era is a time of the most intense sporting competitiveness.

Dredging the newspapers of old through TROVE would suggest that this is not the case (sandpaper ball-tampering aside!) and an FCC boat is evidence of this.

“It was the second time the “Sally” had been extensively damaged just before an important race. Last August, just before the Victorian championships, the canoe was damaged when caustic soda was thrown over it. Mr. Croft repaired the damage, and came second in the championship.

The “Sally” is reputed to be the fastest racing canoe in Australia.

When Mr.Croft went to the boat house last night to take the boat out for a practice run he found several long slashes had been made in the canvas skin, apparently with a knife. One slash was more than four feet long.

The boat will take at least three weeks to repair.

Mr. Croft said he might have to use a borrowed boat. That would be a handicap, as he was used only to his own boat.

It was possible that the committee might pool all boats and hold a draw by contestants.”

Intense competitive spirit aside, it is fascinating to observe that in 1951 “The Sally”, a canvas covered canoe was considered “to be the fastest racing canoe in Australia”. What became of Glenn’s tilt at the Australian Championship? ... find out in History Snippet 11b!