27th November 2005
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)
Cruise report - Oyster Point - Sunday 30th October 2005.
Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The last cruise was at Oyster Point on Sunday 30th October and was attended by:-
Mick Rutterman with a white fibreglass Turbo Vortex,
Des Goss with a maroon timber Turbo Wedge 225,
Steven Odgaard with a maroon and grey fibreglass and aluminium Bill Baker Vehicle 2 and
Edi Brandli with family and friends.
We set off across the Fision Channel south of Cleveland and headed out towards Peel Island.
Approx 1/3 the way there we stopped on Sandy Island, a high sandbank and assessed the Bay
conditions. With an easterly blowing at 8 to 12 knots the chop was becoming difficult so we
altered course for the lee west of Coochiemudlo Island. We beached at the park east of the jetty
and strolled over for morning tea at Matthew Flinders Café where we met Mick’s sister on duty.
Mick invited us to visit a property on another Island near Russell, but the lift engine on the Billy
Baker began to give trouble and my supply of clean spark plugs was depleted so we had to head
back to Oyster Point earlier than expected.
The final run across the bay near Point Halloran was fantastic with hundreds of acres of smooth
shallow water and the odd patch of slippery sea grass. Oyster Point is an ideal launching spot for
our amphibious craft.
Peter and Anne Ledwoch have their Simple Cyclone running in good order and are interested to
cruise with other craft owners in the Gold Coast or Northern Rivers area.
Bill and Lin Kaald have their Turbo Wedge running well and Bill has been practising his
manoeuvring skills on a green field in Ballina.
The Victorian branch are having a Christmas cruise on Lake Glenmaggie on 10th/11th December 2005.
At the last Australian national rally, several people expressed an interest in returning to Lake
Cargelligo for an interstate gathering.
Ken Osmond rang me last week and suggested a date for a return and he thought that the
weekend before Australia Day would be best considering that accommodation is often booked
out in the town during long weekends and Easter due to the many tennis tournaments and sailing
regattas which are held in this area of centeral western NSW.
Despite being empty of water for 4 years the recent inland rains have replenished the feeder river
system and the Lake is back to its pristine holiday destination best.
Return to Lake Cargelligo: 21st/22nd January 2006.
Accommodation if required:
Royal Mail Hotel 14 Foster Street Ph 02 6898 1006
Established 1895 and built for comfort in a hot inland environment.
Next club cruise:-
The next cruise will be at Wynnum.
9:00am Sunday 4th December 2005.
Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:00pm Monday 16th January 2006
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.