September 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 Sporting Aircraft Association of Australia hall at Archerfield Aerodrome on Monday, 18th September 2006 which was attended by Phillip Audsley, Des Goss, Angus Kerr, Peter Venn, and Steven Odgaard.
Apologies from Arthur Stead.

Cruise report - Cabbage Tree Point - Sunday 17th September 2006.

The September cruise was held in the protected waters of the southern Moreton Bay islands launching from Cabbage Tree Point, on Sunday, 17th September with 3 hovercraft in attendance.

Angus Kerr in a White Turbo Wedge 240,
Des Goss in a Turbo Wedge 225, and
Steven Odgaard in a Billy Baker 2.

We met at 10:00 am at Cabbage Tree Point on Sunday 17th September 2006, and Angus was the first to be off-loaded and ready to sail. Des Goss followed soon after 10:00 am, but the Billy Baker had 2 stroke engine problems so it stayed on the trailer in the carpark.
Despite heavy rain on Saturday and early Sunday, the weather cleared and we enjoyed a perfect cruise down to the Bedrooms, Jumpinpin bar, and Crusoe Island.

The trip out took us through McKenzies channel and an un-named channel just south of Whalley’s gutter, and the return leg was via Short Island passage and Tabby Tabby Island.
We were only out for an hour and a half, and this was fortunate due to gusting winds which developed later in the afternoon.

Interstate News:-
A week after this cruise Steven headed south with the Billy Baker and it performed reasonably well at Lake Cargelligo until a steering cable buckled. At least the engines ran well for a change.
Peter Venn, Samantha Venn and David Venn took their Hoverjet and Angus Kerr's Turbo Wedge 240 to Lake Cargelligo and had a great time with a total party of 28 fellow enthusiasts and 16 air cushion vehicles.
Arthur and Judy Stead made the trip as well and their comprehensive report can be seen on the club’s Web site at
This site is kindly sponsored by Silverline Insulation.

Achievement Award:-
This year's achievement award goes to Ken Osmond and two prominent Victorian school teachers, Robert Forbes from Wantirna College and Steve Lanyon from Lowanna College, who have contributed to the wonderful success of the Discover Hover programme in schools.
More detail to follow.

Other News:-
Angus Kerr has suggested that the club put a static display in next year’s machinery and commercial vehicle show at Redland Bay.

Neville Finlay has invited the club to operate on Somerset Dam with the SES groups from Toogoolawah, Esk and Nanango on Saturday 9th December 2006.
The SES will pay for permits to operate on the Lake and will provide fuel for the ACVs.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 8th October 2006 from The Boat Passage - opposite Fisherman Island near the mouth of the Brisbane River.
Meet at 9:00 am at the Whyte Island boat ramp in the Boat Passage, just off Port Drive.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Monday, 16th October 2006.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary