August 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, 21st August 2007 which was attended by Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead, Arthur Gangell and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Point Talburpin, Redland Bay - Sunday 19th August 2007.


Peter Venn's Turbo TP6

The last cruise was on Sunday 19th August starting from the boat ramp at the end of Torquay Road East - Point Talburpin, Redland Bay, although Peter Venn launched his Turbo TP6 at Thorneside and cruised the 35 kilometres down the bay to meet the group.
Taking part in this cruise were:-

Peter Venn and Rusty - Turbo TP6
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225
Arthur Gangell and Gerda - Turbo Wedge 240
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker 2.


Ready to fly
Also at the Point Talburpin launch area were Arthur Stead, Michael Nobel, Jenny Nobel, David Venn, Mark Venn and Grahame Lambert. Unfortunately Angus Kerr had ignition problems with his Rocket at Thornside and wasn't able to start the trip by sea, so Peter Venn and Rusty set off alone in the new Turbo TP6 and cruised the 35 kilometres south to meet the club group at 9:15 am.

The rest of us prepared our craft for a rough trip and launched from the windy Point Talburpin at low tide around 10:00 am. Arthur Stead took a group photo before our departure then we travelled south to Saint Claire Island. The wind was very strong but all craft managed the uncomfortable conditions well, and the low tide kept waves to a minimum with plenty of sand and mud banks to settle on during refuelling and regrouping. Peter's experimental craft developed a vibration in the lift engine, so he took an early retreat back to Point Talburpin while David and Mark Venn drove back to Thornside to collect Peter's trailer for a road trip home.


Des - Turbo Wedge 225

Peter & Rusty - Turbo TP6

Steven Odgaard - BBV 2

The remaining three craft pushed on against the gusting wind to explore the Logan River delta, circumnavigating Lagoon Island along the way. We returned to Point Talburpin following the mainland coast with a stiff 20 knot wind in our tail all the way back, arriving about 20 minutes after Peter Venn and Rusty. At some parts of the trip Steven was fumigated by the exhaust from the lift engine bacause his craft speed was equal to the wind speed. Cruising downwind on protected passage water made Des unaware of how powerful the wind had become and he was surprised at Point Talburpin when he had to make a port turn.

After the last craft was packed on it's trailer, the horizontal rain started. A billy tea and a hot tomato soup was enjoyed by Peter Venn, Rusty, Arthur Stead and Steven Odgaard before the road trip home.


Des battles the wind

Arthur Gangell and Gerda

Peter Venn and Rusty

Peter is still testing his new craft, but in the near future, will be striping it down for painting and galvanizing of components before a final assembly.

Interstate news:-
The NSW club has been invited to attend another camp quality event.
detail below:- letter from Camp Quality to Karl Bowman.

Good morning Karl

As per our conversation, we would be delighted if you could bring the hovercrafts to Main Camp on Saturday 6th October. We would be looking at a timeframe of 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The location of our camp is:-

Merroo Centre 182 Mill Rd Kurrajong
Contacts are as follows;
Jan Steele Camp Quality Office 9876 0521 / 0414 258 477
Stephen Longworth 0403 252 055
Marcelle Pettigrew - 0424 392 224

Could you please confirm that you will be able to attend the camp and how many hovercrafts and people will be there.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards
Stephen Longworth
National Sales Manager - Janitorial
Pall Mall Manufacturing Co Pty Ltd
167 Bonds Rd
Riverwood 2210
T: 02 9584 8644
F: 02 9584 8744
M: 0403 252 055

Next club cruise:-
The next cruise is planned for Saturday 15th September 2007 at Boggy Creek, Pinkenba.
Meet at Bancroft Road, Pinkenba at 9:00 am for a launch into Boggy Creek.
Hoping for a cool sunny day with light westerly breeze to provide favourable cruising conditions for a trip out of the Brisbane River and north to Kedron Brook floodway, with the opportunity to explore Jacksons and Jubilee creeks and Schultz canal. Angus and I had such a good cruise from this spot in June, that we had to plan it again now that Des is back from holidays and Arthur Gangell is up and running with his recently purchased Turbo Wedge 240.
UBD Reference - Map 142 H1.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 18th September 2007
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Regards
Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary