April 2010
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting at the Silverline Insulation office at 12 Veronica Street Capalaba, on Tuesday, 20th April 2010.
This meeting was attended by:-
Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Peter Venn, Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead, Dale Baxter and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Logan River, Eagleby, Sunday 11th April 2010.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 11th April 2010 on the Logan River at Eagleby.
Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter Venn - Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 & Honda twin cylinder.
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225 powered by a Robin EC44.
Arthur Stead - Revtech Renegade powered by a 20hp Honda 2 cylinder.
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker 2 powered by a 44hp Chaparral engine.

Peter Venn in the Turbo and Arthur Stead in the Renegade left Peter's place at Redland Bay around 8:30 am and headed out through Lagoon Passage to the Logan River, then upstream to the boat ramp at Eagleby, arriving there at 9:00 am.

Much to their surprise, no one else had turned up on time. Des Goss towed his Turbo 225 south along the Pacific Motorway and was confused by the service road system and arrived just before Steven Odgaard with the Billy Baker 2 at 9:30 am.

Logan River

Des decided to keep the Turbo 225 on the trailer and opted to take a ride with Peter Venn who had plenty of room on board. Steven decided to travel by road to the Waterford ramp in case there any breakdown recoveries needed.

The machines behaved perfectly in the 0 to 5 knot whisper of wind along the chocolate brown Logan River. Reports of a dead horse by a boat owner earlier in the morning were of no concern. The carcass had probably sunk before Arthur, Peter and Des came skimming along the reeking reach.

Waterford boat ramp

The car trip took 25 minutes and the river cruise took 30 minutes, so Steven had just enough time to grab a vacant picnic table and set the billy a-boiling in time for the rendezvous. The plan was to have morning tea at the Bistro 80 metres up the track, but with only 4 people, the picnic table in sight of the parked hovercraft was the preferred option for a lovely Sunday morning tea.

Des Goss was overjoyed when Peter let him take control of the large Turbo TP6 on the return to the Eagleby boat ramp.

Other News:-
Unfortunately, Peter had to report that his office at 12 Veronica Street has to be vacated, and the club will need to find an alternative club house or meeting room.
This will be our last meeting at the Silverline Insulation premises.

World Hovercraft Championships - 2010:-
OzTeam 2010 - THUNDER from DOWNUNDER:-
The Australian team is busy preparing for Endurance Racing at the 2010 World Hovercraft Championships being held at Towcester in the UK during August with two new racing machines currently being built for the challenge.
Check out the website at revtech.qhover.com

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be on Saturday, 1st May 2010 at Muriel St, Redland Bay - weather permitting.
Meet at 9:00 am at Peter Venn's place at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel and a run amongst the southern bay islands.
UBD Reference - Map 267 B9.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be on Tuesday 18th May 2010 at 7:30pm.
It will be held at the primary school at 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge in room 15.
It is almost the same floor area as the SAAA hall and there are a dozen comfortable chairs.
First room on left and next to the large covered assembly area and basketball court.
Plenty of parking available. Enter via a small gate.
Hovercraft banner will be unfurled and flown on the fence near the parking area in the side yard.

Hope you can come. All welcome.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary