Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
Visitors to the meeting were John and Jenny Noble with their son Michael from Deception Bay.
Cruise report - Tweed River, Chinderah - Sunday 4th March 2007.
The March cruise was held on the Tweed River in northern New South Wales on Sunday, 4th March
with 5 hovercraft in attendance. Neville Bennett, our northern most club member from Magnetic
Island in Far North Queensland joined us for the cruise, and we met at 10:00 am at the boat ramp
near Waugh Street, Chinderah. Taking part in this cruise were:-
Neville Bennett in his Turbo Vortex,
Neville, Des, Peter, Ann, Angus & Dave travelled upstream from Waugh Street, Chinderah through the maze of channels and swampy islands to Tumbulgum and Steven met the small fleet near the Terranora bridge. Neville made a short trip up the Rous River.
A NSW boating and fisheries officer warned us of noise level restrictions at Tumbulgum upstream of the Terranora bridge and also at Condong bridge near the sugar mill. Des, Angus and Dave travelled to Murwillumbah and returned safely.
Steven retrieved at Tumbulgum boat ramp and all other craft returned to Waugh Street. Neville Bennett made an early departure for Evans Head. Des, Angus and Dave enjoyed some tasty tombstone piklets served from the back of Des’ ute.
Peter, Ann and Steven enjoyed a fish dinner at the seafood shop opposite the ramp before departing. The boating officer rang me at 2:30 pm and reported noise complaints received from both Tumbulgum and Condong areas and unfortunately he will need to enforce compliance with a 75dBa level measured at 30 metres if we are considering future cruises along the Tweed River.
Everything went remarkably well up until morning tea. After morning tea the Bill Baker suffered a split primer bulb causing an air leak in the troublesome fuel line for the front lift engine and only made one further trip before retiring. Karl’s Revtec Renegade, Eugene’s Revtec Renegade and Peter’s Viper all performed well for the event and every child received at least 2 rides each.
The Newcastle Camp Quality presented the NSW club with a token gift of appreciation, a speech by one of the young children and a round of applause in the dining hall. We were invited for another camp in September or October 2007.
Peter Hardi used his black mean machine 4WD to tow trailer & Bill Baker 2 from the sandy beach then made a quick getaway to avoid the afternoon traffic heading back to Sydney. Karl, Eugene and Robin went for a long distance cruise in Lake Macquarie while Judy enjoyed a well deserved afternoon nap back at the cabin.
Steven packed up and departed at 3:00 pm EDST driving to Halidays Point near Taree for a refreshing
swim in the sea water pool by the surf club, stayed at Coffs Harbour on Saturday evening and
made it back to Bris Vegas by lunch time on Sunday.
Karl, Judy, Eugene and Robyn spent another relaxing night in their cabin before departing on the trip to Sydney on Sunday morning.
As part of the lead up to this it is essential that their proposed organisation and facilities are "tested" by holding a major National or International event at the site. These arrangements are now firmly in place and the WHF eagerly await Norway’s formal offer to host our 2008 Championships.
Norway now has until April 2007 to confirm their offer. If it is not forth coming by that date, invitations to host the 2008 Championships will be invited from other member countries.
Next club cruise:-
Next Queensland branch meeting: