September 2010
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 21st September 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, Russ Pullen, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey.

Cruise report - Queens Esplanade, Thorneside, Saturday 25th September 2010.

The September club cruise was held on Saturday 25th September 2010, launching from the boat ramp in Queens Esplanade, Thorneside. Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter Venn - Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 & Honda twin cylinder.
David Venn - Hoverjet powered by 2 Solo single cylinder 2 stroke engines.
Arthur Stead - Revtech Renegade powered by a 20hp Honda 2 cylinder.

Phillip Audsley came along to see us launch from the Queens Esplanade boat ramp opposite Bates Drive and to issue a receipt for John Power, a new club member from Conway Beach.
Peter Venn had cruised the TP6 up from his waterfront residence with his 83 year old mother as navigator, delivering her to Danny Venn's place a few hundred metres away from the boat ramp before the start of the cruise. Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey travelled in the TP6 with Peter Venn and the three craft made a stop at King Island to boil the billy, then headed for Hilliards Creek.

Pete and his Mum

Pete and his Mum

King Island

The high tide meant there was nowhere at Hilliards Creek to stop, but with the calm seas and nice weather, we decided to keep going and pulled up for lunch at the picnic area near the lighthouse on Cleveland Point. Barramundi, snapper and cod were on the menu for lunch, along with a healthy amount of chips. The three hovercraft parked at the top of the boat ramp caused much excitement for the many motorists out on a day trip to the point, so many questions were answered about the workings of these strange machines.

Cleveland Point

Boat ramp

Cleveland lighthouse

Australian Hovercraft Federation News:-
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.

Next club cruise:-
The Non Bi-annual Rally of 2010 is approaching rapidly, and some of us are preparing to set off from Queensland on Wednesday 29th September 2010 for the 4,000 kilometre round road trip to attend this rally at Lake Narracan near Moe, in the Gippsland area of Victoria.
This event will be held on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd October 2010, and is being hosted by The Hovercraft Club Of Victoria.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be on Tuesday 19th October 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