December 2005
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Cruise report - Wynnum - Sunday 4th December 2005.

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The December cruise was held at Wynnum on Sunday 4th December 2005.
Bill Kaald with a Turbo Wedge 235 arrived early after a long drive from Ballina.
Des Goss in a Turbo Wedge 225 and
Steven Odgaard in the Bill Baker Vehicle 2 joined him for a launch at the Glenora Street boat ramp.
Phillip and Kerri Audsley, Arthur and Judy Stead and Peter Frankland also came along to watch.
Arthur and Judy live within walking distance and it was good to see Arthur at a club outing so soon after his third heart operation.

Mark Odgaard and Sylvia arrived from Wellington Pt on their Kawasaki Jetski and after a short run we had a chat and thorough briefing on Billís hovercraft. This was Billís first club day with his own craft. He has modified his craft back to a more standard design and with advice from Danny Venn and Angus Kerr, has adjusted the fan pitch to improve the craftís overall cruising performance.

Desí Turbo performed very well and handled the worsening wind condition with ease but the Bill Baker was struggling on the return leg of our short cruise in front of Wynnum. Phillip, Kerri, Peter and Steven enjoyed lunch at the Fish Board to round off the last cruise for the year.

Bill Kaald reported that Peter Ledwoch and Ann Dickinson of Mermaid Waters took their Simple Cyclone to Ballina for a run on the last weekend in November.
Peter has installed a new fuel tank in the rear of the craft.
With Bill and Peter keen to cruise, the Queensland club may see a return to the days when at least 5 hovercraft operate together in monthly events.

International News:-
The next World Hovercraft championships will be held from 22nd - 27th August 2006 at Latronquiere on Lake Tolerme. The French organisers have a web site for making reservations and for information. See
Mauritius has put a bid in for November 2008.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:00pm Monday 16th January 2006
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.
Bill and Lin of Ballina requested an earlier start to allow for daylight saving.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary