Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay - Saturday 16th February 2008.
The last cruise was on Saturday 16th February starting from the back yard of Peter Venn's place in Muriel Street, Redland Bay. Taking part in this cruise were:-
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225
Des, Arthur, Peter and Rusty, David and Neville set off at 9:20 am across the Redland Bay Channel and down beside Redbill Island to the Logan River. With a stiff breeze from the south they entered Moreton Bay and ventured across to Russell Island via Lagoon and Pannikin Islands. The wind intensified and made the shallow waters in the southern bay whip up some white caps slowing down the craft for their return journey.
All craft returned via the Logan River at about 12:30 pm. Peter and Rusty led the way and came directly up the Redbill Passage, but somehow the other craft missed the turn and continued up the Logan River and had to double back.
It was a nice surprise to see Neville Bennett again and we heard all about his disappointing attempts to secure a permit to operate on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park around his home on Magnetic Island in North Queensland. Worrying for us in south east Queensland as well with regulations tightening up in the Moreton Bay Marine Park and permits required for hovercraft operation anywhere in the bay area from September. Neville has reluctantly returned his craft to the holiday home at Evans Head in northern NSW.
Arthur Stead made a spectacular high speed ascent up the backyard boat ramp, however the responsive Renegade was able to make a safe set down at the end of his trailer. Not bad for a cruiser with limited cruising time, although he has had the best instructors - namely:- Peter Venn, the Webber brothers and Bob Windt.
Thanks to Peter and Elaine for the wonderful venue and the cups of tea and savouries to finish a perfect cruise. The neighbours were friendly too. (Boating enthusiasts.)
20th Anniversary of Expo 88:-
World Championship Endurance Race:-
WHF Vice President (Asia) Owen Ellis, has suggested a 50th anniversary celebration of the Hovercraft's first crossing of the English Channel (25th July 1959) by creating a 2009 WORLD HOVERCRAFT WEEK. A commemorative cross channel cruise (Channel Charge) of both large and small craft could coincide with the anniversary of Sir Christopher Cockerell's SRN-1 crossing.
Next club cruise:-
Next Queensland branch meeting: