July 2007
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 Tuesday, 17th July 2007 which was attended by Phillip Audsley, Angus Kerr, Arthur Gangell and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Oyster Point, Cleveland - Sunday 7th July 2007.

The last cruise was on Sunday 7th July at Oyster Point, Cleveland.
Taking part in this cruise were:-

Angus and Lucas Kerr - Turbo Wedge 240
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker 2.

Michael Nobel, Jenny Nobel, Mick Rutterman and Phillip Audsley met us for the launch. Mick renewed his club membership with a healthy 5 year subscription.
Thanks Mick. Phillip didn't have his craft, but did his treasury thing with Mick's payment, then waved us farewell as we set off south to Coochiemudlo and beyond.
Michael Nobel hitched a ride with Angus and Jenny Nobel concerned about being left alone in the carpark, decided to tempt fate and accepted a ride in the Billy Baker 2.

With low tide, a broad flat smooth bay, a low 5 to 10 knot south westerly breeze, we enjoyed a safe cruise from Oyster Point Cleveland to Garden, Macleay and Lamb Islands.

Angus and Steven ventured into the passage between Macleay and Lamb, but turned back when Des had reservations about dragging his skirts across the large mud patch. We refueled on the eastern side of Lamb and admired the clear water and sandy bottom. On our return leg we stopped for lunch at the Matthew Flinders Cafe on Coochiemudlo Island.

With an early return to base, we decided to take advantage of the fine weather and headed back out for a trip north to Cleveland Point passing through the Fision Island group and past the Cleveland ferry terminal. Michael Nobel was delighted to have his first command of an air cushion vehicle over water.

Other News:-
In my report last month about the AHF AGM, I omitted Ken Osmond who was in attendance with the Victorian branch. My apologies to Ken.
Ken has been working hard on the executive of the AHF for many years and although he is taking a break this year, he is always active in the club scene. Ken is the main driving force behind the Discover Hover school's programme, through which young enthusiastic membership is assured.

Next club cruise:-
The next cruise is planned for Sunday 19th August 2007.
Meet at Point Talburpin, Redland Bay at 9:00 am.
Planned trip is a cruise around the shallow passages in the vacinity of Pannikin, Long and Lagoon Islands. We may even end up at Macleay Island for lunch at the Blue Parrot cafe. Care must be taken at this spot due to ferry traffic.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 21st August 2007
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary