Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)
Cruise report - Clontarf - Sunday 19th June 2005.
Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The June cruise started at the Clontarf boat ramp and went from Pelican Point to the Pine River on Sunday 19th
June and was attended by four hovercraft:-
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225.
Angus and Luke Kerr - Turbo 240.
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker Vehicle 2.
Phillip Audsley - Turbo Wedge 225.
Bradley Podlich came along to watch the proceedings as well. Brad was in the club 17 years ago
when he lived near Angus Kerr at Thorneside.
In cold drizzly conditions, Des Goss, Angus and Lucas Kerr set off at 9:00am and travelled up the
Pine River. Steven arrived at 9:15am and set off for a few short test runs near Hayes Inlet.
Though cold and wet, the bay was smooth and conditions for our craft were perfect. There was no
dust on the approach to the boat ramp and very few cars in the normally crowded Pelican Park.
On the river there were still the determined fisherman but in general the river traffic was minimal.
Travelling at high speed over smooth shallow water near the Houghton Highway bridge and Hornibrook
timber bridge is always a thrill.
Phil brought his craft along for show, and he and Kerri, along with Peter Frankland, watched from
the carpark. After the cruise, Steven, Phil, Kerri and Peter enjoyed lunch at the Clontarf fish and
chips shop, and later Phil came to Steve's assistance when his car broke down on the trip back
through the Brisbane city.
Clontarf Cruise Report on Sunday 19th June 2005 by Des Goss.
Assembled at Clontarf at 9 to 9:30am.
Weather - not very promising with showers on the way over there and looking more like typical
Melbourne weather:- cold, overcast & rainy. I arrived at 9:00am with the Pelicans as escort on the
boat ramp. I decided to rug up to combat the cold - Waterproof trousers, heavy Raincoat and even
gloves. Angus Kerr arrived with his trusty offsider - Lucas. I had unloaded and had a test run so
Angus unloaded and we decided to Push on at 9:30am. We didnít know who was on the way.
The conditions on the water were excellent - very little wind and smooth water. Angus pulled over
to the bank - I thought he was sticking to a 6 knot limit, but he carried out minor surgery and
replaced the spark plugs and then the revs came up and away we went.
I like the Clontarf boat ramp launch and the way we can fly alongside the bridge with vehicles
running alongside us. We went up the Pine River, continued up the North Pine section. Lucas soon
gave up the front seat to sit behind his dad for protection from the cold wind. We stopped on one
occasion under the Arterial Rd Bridge to shelter from the rain. We continued up the river and our
next stop was at a new boat ramp not marked on my 2004 UBD street directory, but I reckon it is
near Lawnton. We terminated our cruise at Sweeney Reserve just beyond the railway bridge.
On the way back to the ramp the rain continued - the wind stayed low and we saw Steve in his
hovercraft and he flew back with us. We arrived back at the boat ramp to see Phillip and Kerri and
Peter Frankland. They arrived a bit late to set off with us. I enjoyed the cruise despite the cold
wet day. I was dressed for the occasion which made it more enjoyable with overalls, waterproof
trousers, heavy raincoat and gloves.
See you on the next cruise.
Des Goss - 20.6.05
Next club cruise:-
The next cruise will be at Clontarf on Sunday 10th July 2005.
Meet at 9:00am near the boat ramp.
The last cruise was held here on the 19th June 2005, but conditions were overcast and dismal.
Hoping for sunny weather this time.
Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30pm Monday 18th July 2005.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.