July 2003
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Cruise report - Oyster Point, Cleveland - Sunday, 13th July 2003.

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
On the 13th July, Barry Fennell brought his beautiful Viper hovercraft from Maryborough, leaving at 4:10 am to be on time at Oyster Point and met Peter Venn, Angus Kerr and Lenny, Tony Hogben from Deception Bay, Geoff Langford, Phillip and Kerri Audsley, John Stephanie and Preston Coll, Sheree Durham and Steven Odgaard.
Angus and Lenny spent a lot of time slaving over the ignition system on the Bill Baker Vehicle 2 with the result of a lot of back firing. I have since changed the system back to the original points and capacitor and am happy to report that the BBV2 is again able to float on air.

Other cruise:-
Back on the 1st June I reported that the cruise at Oyster Point was a non-event, but I was wrong.
Thanks to Mick Rutterman who travelled across from Coochiemudlo Island, and met Tony Hogben and Geoff Langford for a friendly Sunny Sunday morning chat.

Brisbane Riverfestival - Bridge to Bridge:-
Present at the July QSH planning meeting were Phillip Audsley, Angus Kerr, Des Goss, Kon Venetis, Bryan Davidson, Witold Horbowski and Tony Hogben.
We discussed and planned a rehearsal for riverfestival which will be held on Sunday 10th August 2003 at 2:00 pm. Come earlier if you wish; for a morning cruise on the Brisbane River launching at Riverside Drive South Brisbane. This is close to the train bridge and Pauls milk factory.
Anyone wishing to participate in the Riverfestival bridge to bridge display will need to sit down with Winsome Anderson so she can take notes for her commentary. Bring a short biography if possible to help her prepare her notes.
I have made 5 copies of a video tape of last year's event courtesy of Peter Venn, and I will present these to Angus, Peter, David, Phil and Des who commanded craft in the 2002 bridge to bridge. Winsome's commentary is recorded on the video.

On 10th August the tide will be:-
2:30 pm Low - 0.3 metres.
9:00 pm High - 2.45 metres.
The tide will be flowing in swiftly by 4:00 pm.

During Riverfestival on Saturday 30th August:-
11:45 am High - 2.01 metres.
6:00 pm Low - 0.27 metres.
The tide will be flowing out swiftly by 3:00 pm.

Run Plan for Riverfestival 30th August 2003:-
(draft copy 31st July 2003)

  • Steven Odgaard to place the club banner at the Southbank River Lookout at 1:00 pm and to collect 2 walkie talkies with earpiece for communication under ear muffs.
  • Call is 2:00 pm.
  • All air cushion vehicle commanders, crew, side line marshall and commentator to meet at the Riverside Drive boat ramp at 2:00 pm.
  • 3 Race Numbers to be fitted to each craft.
  • Steven has these in stock. One on each side of fan duct cowling and one on the bow.

    Angus Kerr - Revtech Rocket White f/glass confirmed
    Phillip Audsley - Turbo Wedge 225 Yellow timber confirmed
    Bryan Davidson - Turbo Wedge 240 Blue fibreglass confirmed

    Neil Batley - Razor Fibreglass maybe
    Barry Fennell - Nell Viper Yellow f/glass maybe
    Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225 Maroon timber maybe
    David Venn - Hover Jet White f/glass maybe
    Peter Frankland - Hover Cruise Yellow f/glass maybe

    Steven Odgaard - Bill Baker Vehicle 2 Maroon f/glass reserve

  • Steven Odgaard - Shore to craft communications.
  • Winsome Anderson - Commentator.
  • Racheal Leigh Johnson - Side line marshal.
  • Craig Gibbings - Road driver.
  • Launch craft at 2:00 pm to 2:20 pm.
  • Phillip Audsley to scrutineer craft.
  • Short test runs and warm ups in the Milton Reach of the river.
  • Logistics

  • Craig to pick up Winsome Anderson, Racheal Leigh Johnson and Steven Odgaard at 2:30 pm and drive them by car to the round-about in front of the Lyric Theatre.
  • Winsome and Steven to make their way to the Seafood festival stage.
  • Steven to proceed to the Southbank River Lookout.
  • Craig to drive Racheal Leigh to the Maritime Museum.
  • Racheal Leigh to make her way down to the river to view the finish of the race.
  • Launch craft at 2:55 pm.
  • All Air Cushion Vehicles to launch at 2:55 pm and travel downstream to the timber structure near the State Library.
  • Hold position in a neat formation facing into the out going tide. Wait for radio signal to begin display. Expect a delay of up to 15 minutes.
  • One by one introduction starting at 3:00 pm.
  • One craft at a time to turn around and travel under the Victoria Bridge for a 45 second introduction by Winsome Anderson on the Public Address system then back to the holding position.
  • Start of race at 3:07 pm.

  • All craft to approach the Victoria Bridge in a straight line, side by side formation.
  • The tide will be flowing quickly.
  • Cannon to fire near the Victoria Bridge.
  • Radio signal to Des Goss in the maroon Turbo 225 to confirm start of race.
  • When Des starts, all must start and the race begins.
  • Finish of race at 3:10 pm under the Goodwill Games Bridge.
  • Racheal Leigh to call the race order as the craft approach the Museum and finish by passing under the Goodwill Games Bridge.
  • All craft to regroup and travel at a safe cruising speed back to the boat ramp in a straight line nose to tail formation and in order of race placement.
  • Winsome will confirm the race results as the craft return approaching the Victoria Bridge.
    No victory lap for the winner this year.
  • Display finished at 3:14 pm. Return to Boat Ramp at 3:20 pm.
  • Steven to return walkie talkies to stage manager.
  • Craig to drive Racheal, Winsome and Steven back to the boat ramp at 3:30 pm.
  • First, second and third place getters to be congratulated on a small podium at the boat ramp for a photo shoot with the craft parked in a back drop setting.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze ribbons to be presented for the photo shoot then returned to Steven.
  • Pack up and return to Southbank for the seafood festival.
  • Collect club banner from the River Lookout at 7:00 pm.
  • Trophies and ribbons will be presented to all race participants at the club meeting at the SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome on Tuesday, 16th September 2003 at 7:30 pm.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 19th August 2003.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Doug Stott; editor of the Victorian branch newsletter, will be on holidays at Buderim during the week and will try to attend our meeting.
Doug was the organiser of this year's national rally at Lake Narracan in Victoria and has held the president's chair of that branch in previous years.

We need to think of a venue for a cruise in September so come along with your ideas and have a pleasant evening with your club and Doug.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary