August 2010
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 17th August 2010, in Room 15 - Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge. This meeting was attended by:-
Phillip Audsley, Angus Kerr, Dale Baxter and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay, Saturday 7th August 2010.

The last club cruise was held on Saturday 7th August 2010 from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter Venn. Those attending the cruise were:-

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

Visitors attending the cruise included:-
Peter and Sue Morgan from New Zealand and
Barrie Callaghan from Currumbin.

Peter and Sue Morgan own a HovPod in the North Island town of Wanganui and are visiting Brisbane from Sunday 1st August through to Thursday 12th August.
Barrie Callaghan is from the Currumbin Volunteer Marine Rescue and he has been stirring up some interest in the study of ACVs as response vessels to boats running aground in the silted mouth of the Currumbin bar.

Peter Venn started the day by taking Barrie Callaghan for a run around Lagoon Island to give him an idea of the potential use of hovercraft in the Currumbin Creek area on the Gold Coast. As Barrie only had a limited amount of time available he was unable to stay for the cruise.

Peter Morgan and Steven Odgaard travelled with Peter Venn in the Turbo TP6 for a cruise north to Coochimudlo Island. Arthur Stead in a Revtech Renegade and Des Goss in a Turbo Wedge 225 followed us, and we all had morning tea at the milkbar on the corner of Victoria Parade and Elizabeth Street, just across the parklands from the jetty and ferry terminal. On the return trip to Muriel Street we made a stopover at the western end of Karragarra Island.

Steven gave the Billy Baker 2 a short run in the Lagoon Passage after the main cruise was over. The 1 litre gravity feed fuel tank on the lift engine allowed the craft to cruise in the passage for only about 5 minutes before refueling was necessary. A change of carburettor design is needed to sustain fuel pump pressure from the main rear mounted fuel tank. The Mikuni carburettor float valves seem to leak when subjected to the vibration of a vertical shaft engine.

Thanks to the ladies, Elaine Venn, Judy Stead and Sue Morgan for helping to prepare the delightful lunch at the end of the club day out.

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Australian Hovercraft Federation News:-
The Australian National Rally is held every two years and over recent times it has been held around the same time as the World Hovercraft Championships, also held every two years. This makes it virtually impossible for those wishing to attend the World Championships to also attend the National Rally - and vice versa.
To overcome this clash in timing, the Australian Hovercraft Federation will hold a National Rally in 2010 and another in 2011 - with subsequent rallies held in odd numbered years, thus eliminating the conflict of dates with the WHF event.

The Hovercraft Club Of Victoria will host the next Australian National Rally at Lake Narracan near Moe in Victoria on the weekend of October 2nd & 3rd in 2010 (this date yet to be confirmed).

On the weekend of 9th & 10th July 2011, the Queensland Hovercraft Club will host the Australian National Rally at Kirkleagh on Lake Somerset, about 2 hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.

Stay tuned - more information will be posted as it becomes available.

World Hovercraft Championships - 2010:-
OzTeam 2010 - THUNDER from DOWNUNDER:-
Preparations are well underway for an Australian challenge in Endurance Racing at the 2010 World Hovercraft Championships being held at Towcester in the UK during August. The Australian team will compete under the banner 'OzTeam 2010 - THUNDER from DOWNUNDER' using a new version of the Revtech Renegade built specifically for the challenge.
Check out the website at

Peter Venn and Arthur Stead will be heading to the UK for the World Hovercraft Championships at Towcester, and doing a bit of sightseeing along the way. You can check out a log of their trip starting on Monday 16th August at

Next club cruise:-
There was a cruise planned for 3rd September, however this was cancelled due to poor attendance and due to other influences such as rainy weather and Fatherís day on Sunday. It was rescheduled by Des Goss for Saturday 25th September 2010 and the launch spot is at Queens Esplanade Thorneside. This cruise will be discussed further at the next meeting.
UBD Reference - Map 164 H17.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be on Tuesday 21st September 2010 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in room 15, Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge.

Hope you can come. All welcome.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary