October 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, 16th October 2006 which was attended by Phillip Audsley, Des Goss, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Steven Odgaard, and Neville and Diane Finlay from the SES in Toogoolawah.
Apologies from Angus Kerr.

Cruise report - The Boat Passage, Fisherman Island - Sunday 8th October 2006.

The last cruise was held at Fishermans Island on Sunday 8th October 2006 and was attended by

Angus and Lucas Kerr in their white Turbo Wedge 240,
Des Goss in his maroon Turbo Wedge 225,
Peter Ledwoch with friend Brench Wright in a Simple Cyclone,
Steven Odgaard in a Bill Baker 2 and
Phillip & Kerri Audsley in a yellow Turbo Wedge 225.
Ray Newton came along as a visitor.

The Whyte Island boat ramp was extremely busy when we met at 9:00 am, and close vehicle parking was quite scarce. Phillip Audsley had a drive bearing failure on his yellow turbo, so it stayed on the trailer for the day. The weather was very inviting early in the morning, but by 11:00 am a strong north easterly built up and all the small boats came in earlier then expected causing a traffic jam on the waterway.

Steven Odgaard

Peter and Brench

Des Goss

Angus and Lucas

The hovercraft ventured north towards the main Brisbane channel but were turned back by rough conditions, so a second trek was followed in the lee which took Angus Des and Peter southbound to Wynnum. Only Augus was able to return against the strong gale (with 3 sets of car keys in his pocket).
Des and Peter were retrieved by car and trailer at the beach near Wynnum thanks to some club team work. Peter, Brench and Steven were the last to leave the ramp site after braving some billy tea and a wild assortment of nuts and healthy snacks (supplied by Ann Dickinson) in a shelter in the park.

Lake Cargelligo Video:-
A one hour video of the events held during the Australian National Rally at Lake Cargelligo was shown at the October meeting. This video, taken by Peter Venn and Family, is now available on DVD at a cost of $15.00, with the proceeds going to the Queensland Hovercraft Club and the Australian Hovercraft Federation.

Other News:-
The cruise in December will be on Somerset Dam at the spit, about an hour and a half drive north of Brisbane, approximately 110 kilometres. This will be the Christmas party for the surrounding district SES branches, and they have requested the pleasure of our company on Saturday 9th December 2006 at 9:00 am.

A Little Reminder:-
Just a reminder that our small club needs membership to survive.
If your club subscription is due, please forward your payment of $30 to Phillip Audsley our treasurer or post to:-

Queensland Sporting Hovercraft club
52 Utrecht Street
Qld 4130.

In January 2007 I will be reducing the complimentary list.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 12th November 2006 in the Pimpama River.
Take the Dreamworld exit off the Highway and follow Foxwell Road, then continue straight into Coleman Road. (Donít turn right towards the Coomera River)
Meet at 10:00 am at the end of Coleman Road Coomera, for a launch into the McCoys Creek junction with the Pimpama River.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Monday, 20th November 2006.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary