May 2009
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 Tuesday, 19th May 2009 which was attended by:-
Des Goss, Angus Kerr, Phillip Audsley, Jim & Stirling Calder and Steven Odgaard.
Apologies from Peter Venn and Arthur Stead who are currently in Alaska.

Cruise report - Fisherman Island , Brisbane River, Sunday 3rd May 2009.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 3rd May 2009 at Fisherman Island near the mouth of the Brisbane River. Those attending the cruise were:-

Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker 2
Dale Baxter - ASV Vortex.
Angus Kerr - fishing boat.
Tony Podlich - fishing boat.

Dale Baxter and his dad Aubury Baxter made their debut cruise with Des Goss, Steven Odgaard, Angus Kerr and Tony Podlich. Des in his Turbo Wedge 225 was the first to set off and travelled to the end of the passage and back for a warm up. Angus Kerr and Tony Podlich each launched their fishing boats and headed off to Bishop Island wall for some pleasant angling in the cool morning breeze. Des then led Dale and Aub in their Turbo ASV Vortex east into the bay and then south past Wynuum and Lota. Steven met them on their return just north of Wynuum and all three craft cruised effortlessly home with a light southerly sea breeze and miles of smooth sand banks and shallow water to skim over.
At 11:30 am Dale and Aub packed up and went home to prepare for another bay cruise in their boat to the slipping sands near Cobby Cobby Island. Des and Steven then ventured out to the mouth of the Brisbane River to find Angus and Tony who were fishing from their boats together off Bishop Island.
The sandbanks at the mouth of the River were very much cleaner than I can remember when Luggage Point sewerage water was discharged here a few years ago, before the recycled water scheme was introduced for power station cooling by the Queensland Water Commission. As usual the boat ramp at Fisherman Island was very busy with boating traffic.
Des Goss managed to find a gap and powered up the ramp and onto the apron, but Steven was content to sit in the boat queue and loaded straight from the water’s edge and onto his trailer with a winch when it was his turn, just to show that an air cushion vehicle can be no different from any other small trailer boat using the bay and public facilities.

Australian Hovercraft Federation:-
The Australian Hovercraft Federation AGM was held on Wednesday, 28th May when delegates from 3 states met via a telephone conference call. These delegates were Peter Streader, Colin Dainty and Tony Westwood representing Victoria, Karl Bowman and Eugene Zanozin representing New South Wales, and Peter Venn, Arthur Stead and Steven Odgaard representing Queensland. Apologies were given for Ken Osmond and Peter Hardi.
From these branch delegates, 4 people were elected to the committee of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc. for the next 12 months.

Peter Streader of Victoria was elected as president.
Eugene Zanozin of NSW was elected as vice president.
Colin Dainty of Victoria was elected as treasurer and public officer for handling submissions to the Victorian Department of Consumer Affairs.
Steven Odgaard of Queensland was elected as secretary.
New members who may be interested in working on the AHF committee are invited to nominate as branch delegates.

The public liability insurance premium of $1120 for the AHF Inc was paid in May 2009.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be on Saturday 6th June 2009 at Oyster Point, Cleveland.
Meet at 9:00 am at Phelan Street Park, Oyster Point, Cleveland, for a cruise to Sandy Island via Fision Channel.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 16th June 2009.
Sporting Aircraft Association of Australia hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Enter via the main entrance off Beatty Road.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary