January 2006
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch held a planning meeting at the SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome on Monday, 16th January 2006 which was attended by Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Bill & Lin Kaald and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Logan River, Eagleby - Sunday 22nd January 2006.

The first Queensland club cruise for 2006 proved to be popular with six craft on the Logan River at Eagleby. This was on Sunday, 22nd January and the cruise took us upstream to Bethania and then on to Waterford.
Hats off to Barry Fennell who left Maryborough at 4:15 am to be at the ramp on time for a 9:00 am launch with his Nell Viper 4X.
Another long distance visitor was Neville Bennett who drove north for almost 2½ hours from Evans Head with his Turbo Vortex in tow.
Peter Ledwoch and Ann Dickinson drove from Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast and it was good to see them again after a 4 year break. Their Simple Cyclone was in fine form and no longer takes on water when stationary on the river. A fibreglass porosity problem that was more difficult to repair than Peter first imagined.
The regular diehards were there and mighty pleased to be in such good company for a pleasant cruise in good weather conditions.

Des Goss had his trusty fleet commanding Maroon Turbo Wedge 225 (Vic design)
Phillip and Kerri Audsley were in their Yellow Turbo Wedge 225 (Vic design)
Neville Bennet - Turbo Vortex (Vic design)
Barry Fennell - Nell Viper 4X (NSW design)
Peter Ledwoch & Ann Dickinson - Simple Cyclone (UK design)
Steven Odgaard had the tail ender Maroon Billy Baker Vehicle 2 (UK design)

Neville demonstrated his craft’s extraordinary power to weight by thrusting up the long steep Bethania boat ramp from a standing water’s edge start. I believe he was even carrying Ann Dickinson as a passenger at the time. Barry also had impressive speed and manoeuvrability with his Hearth powered Viper.
All craft returned to Eagleby without mechanical incident and after a bit of fun helping Barry unlock his early model holden’s boot lid without the use of keys, we regrouped at a very popular Yatala pie shop for lunch and a nice chin wag before departing homeward bound.

Interstate News:-
Unfortunately the reunion at Lake Cargelligo NSW (21/22 Jan) has been postponed due to a lack of attendees. Ken Osmond advised that the AGM may be held there closer to Easter when the weather is cooler. Melbourne has had temperatures up to 42 degrees this week and it is a reminder of how hot it can be at Lake Cargelligo, this time of year.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
7:00 pm - Monday, 20th February 2006
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary