MARCH 1987   -   QASH Inc. NEWSLETTER   -   1st EDITION


Queensland Amateur Sporting Hovercraft Inc.
GPO Box 451,
Brisbane, 4000.
19th March 1987

President:- Chris Goodhew
Secretary:- Peter Morero
Treasurer:- Peter Williams

Dear Hovercrafter,

  1. The progress of the club "QASH" (being our acerbic acronym) has been slow but positive. We will shortly be in a position to announce a projected completion date for the club craft, but at this stage there are only two major points which I should bring to your attention.

    Before I outline these points I will mention that the club has copies of publications from other organised Hovercraft associations and the Department of Harbours and Marine (for information on licences and regulations) copies are available to members (contact the Secretary for details).

  2. Our first attempt at an organised public event is scheduled for this Saturday (28 March), as many of you would be aware. The proposed agenda will consist of a hovercraft exercise on the bay, and a display/BBQ with the general public invited. The venue is Mooroondu Pt., Thorneside (corner of Mooroondu Rd & John St).

    The morning activities (9:00 am) consist of meeting at Danny Venn’s and then fly across the bay to Coochie Mudlo Island and back. Individuals will have an opportunity to practise flying in formation and hovercraft handling in general. Several experienced hovercrafters will be there, so it will be an excellent chance for novice fliers (if there are any) to gain valuable experience.

    For the afternoon we will be holding a BBQ at the park at Mooroondu Point and we would hope that as many craft as possible will be available for the public to observe in action. This is also to raise some much needed funds for the club (through the time honoured method of raffling meat trays and alcohol) so the more people the better. Please contact the Secretary if any one has any more ideas for the days activities or if more information is needed.

  3. The second point for this letter is to remind the members of the official structure and agenda of the club. The annual general meeting is to be held in June. At this meeting all management positions are declared vacant and nominations will be called. The current committee consists of ex Army Reserve mess committee people, so members with other points of view would be perhaps a welcome change. Anyone with previous experience in working on committees may wish to think seriously about standing for a position.

    On a similar theme, the club will be conducting various fund raising ventures over the next few months. These will consist primarily of minor art unions (raffles) which are designed to be conducted on a pay day at work, or at events where people are inclined to part with their money (eg. This Saturday’s BBQ). If any members would be willing to assist, the club would benefit in the long term through the regular income.

    The long term future of the club would also involve acquiring its own squadron of operating hovercraft. At the moment we are not in a position to loan money to purchase more craft, but it is expected that a decision along these lines will be made before the annual general meeting. If any members were considering selling their craft, the club would be then able to purchase within the club ranks.

    Thanks to Steve Odgaard for a few notes on a trip to Moogerah.
    I’ve included a copy for those who hadn’t heard.

Peter Morero 19/03/87

CLASSIFIEDS

  1. Skirt Material: 60m x 1.5m : $5.00 per metre
    (Also contact with a commercial machinist at Pensioner rates).
    See: Rod Webb
    13 Parkway Rd, Daisy Hill (8081293)
  2. Robin engine (2-3 hrs only): $1350
    Contact: Owen Ellis, Turbo Hovercraft Melbourne
  3. Turbo Super wedge 235 (commercial survey – 3 persons) $12500
    Contact : Interstate through Chris Goodhew

HOVERCRAFT MEETING

10:00am Sunday 11th January 1987 - Caravan Park Boat Ramp on Lake Moogerah.
ACTIVITIES FOR CO-ORDINATED HOVERSPORT.

SAFETY FIRST:

Minimum approach to bathers : 30 metres
Minimum approach to skiers : 30 metres
Minimum approach to dam wall: 50 metres
Hovercraft must give way to all other water and land craft.
When approaching other craft head on, alter to starboard and pass port side to port side.
When launching or returning to caravan park point, use weed mass as a safe entry corridor.

HOVERSPORT ACTIVITIES:

  1. EACH CRAFT TO DEMONSTRATE ITS ABILITY TO LAUNCH, MANOEUVRE AND RETURN WITHIN THE WEED MASS, ONE AT A TIME.
    Suggested order:
    1. Rod Webb (Hoveroo)
    2. Alan Barker (Fun-air)
    3. Steven Odgaard (Scarab 2)
    4. John Russell (Turbo)
    5. John Rapley (Simple Cyclone)
  2. CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE LAKE TOGETHER TRAVELLING SIDE BY SIDE IN A PERFECT LINE AT THE PACE OF THE SLOWEST CRAFT.
    Leave along weed mass and head straight to dam wall.
    Turn at the 50m boundary maintaining perfect formation (slowest craft must be to the inside) and head straight for the rocky gorge.
    Head for the grassy spit and travel overland if unpopulated - return to water and for the tree stump boundary.
    Turn and head back to the caravan park point and land via the weed mass corridor.
  3. HOVERCRAFT HILL CLIMB.
    Start from outer edge of weed mass and try to fly up to the road.
    One at a time in order as before.
  4. HOVERCRAFT RACE
    At the drop of the flag, all leave from land and round the buoy at the end of the weed mass and head for grassy spit.
    Turn around on beach and return.
    First past the buoy on the return leg is the winner.
  5. DEMONSTRATION OF THRUST.
    Each craft to try to pull a
    1. Toboggan
    2. Water-Skier
    One at a time in order as before.
  6. PASSENGER TRIPS TO THE GORGE.
    Craft must travel in convoy.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

One or two hovercraft are a source of interest.
Five hovercraft travelling aimlessly are as distasteful as a swarm of mosquitoes.

Organised hoversport gives everybody a fair go and provides a unified spectacle that on-lookers will enjoy.

Regards
Steven Odgaard