Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the AUSTRALIAN HOVERCRAFT FEDERATION Inc (Vic)
Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held their 251st planning meeting
on Tuesday, 19th October 2010, in Room 15 - Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road
This meeting was attended by:- Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Peter Venn, Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead,
Dale Baxter, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey.
Cruise report - Lake Narracan, Moe Gippsland - 'The Non Bi-annual Rally of 2010'.
On Wednesday 29th September, Arthur Stead and his trusty ute with Revtech Renegade in tow,
embarked on the 4000 kilometre round trip to Moe in Victoria, about an hour and a half east of
Melbourne. Des Goss, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey followed a couple of hours later in the XF
Falcon, and received some early detour advice from Arthur who had run into flooded roads west
of Millmerran, and had to retrace his steps on the way to the Newell Highway.
Our overnight stop at the end of the first days travel was at the Wagon Wheel Motel at
Coonabarabran on the Newell highway. Arthur and Steven carried on the coveted ritual started
by John Russell and Mark Dobson in 1989 and again by Phillip Audsley & Steven Odgaard in 2000.
We partook in a light hearted pillow fight event.
So remember all you weary travellers planning to travel to some far flung hovercraft rally in the
future. Don’t overlook this coveted ritual which may help bring some light hearted relief when the
plains are hot and dusty and the roos chewin’ roadside shoots need shooin’.
On 1st, 2nd & 3rd October, the Hovercraft Club Of Victoria put on a great weekend for
the interstate visitors and locals who travelled to Lake Narracan, Moe Gippsland for 'The Non
Bi-annual Rally of 2010'. We were treated to wonderful hospitality and the excitement of seeing
around 20 craft together over the weekend for fine weather cruising and general display with the
odd bit of maneuvering trickery thrown in for fun.
Thanks to Frank & Vickie Beamish, Tony Moretti, Racheal Moretti, Peter Streader, Colin Dainty, Ken
Osmond, Paul Mott, Tony Westwood, Rod Westwood, David Cropley, Frank Reynen, Reece Isaac,
Ivan Price, Glenn Azlin, Wes Tennent, Flemming Jensen, Mike Girdler and more who welcomed us,
provided craft for cruising, and generally made the weekend a friendly occasion worth travelling
Many thanks to the HCV.
Travellers from South Australia were Heinrick Davids, Bruno Davids and Susie, Kevin and Christine
Dixon. Apologies received from Eugene Zanozin of NSW.
Travellers from Queensland were Arthur Stead, Des Goss, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey.
Apologies from Steven for forgetting to bring the box of 100 large corks.
For a full report on this rally see
The Non Bi-annual Rally of 2010
Other Club News:-
Last month we received a new membership subscription from John Power of Conway Beach who
owns a 2002 Viper 4X (previously owned by Barry Fennell in Maryborough).
Kevin Dixon from Fulham, who owns a Subaru powered Hornet, and Jack Hickmott of Proserpine,
who owns a Rotax Bombardier powered Hoverstar, also renewed their membership.
Thanks to these 3 for their valued support of the club.
John's Viper 4X
Kevin Dixon reported that BJS Insurance brokers (Southern) Pty Ltd have reluctantly dropped
their request for sea-worthiness reports for craft older than 10 years. The club tried in vain to set
this procedure in motion, but there seemed to be too many hurdles with finding suitable
experienced candidates within our club to take on the role of scrutineer. Kevin Dixon worked hard
on this task and produced a very good tick and flick single page audit sheet, but alas his good
work was not able to be used due to time restraint. Ken Osmond and Peter Streader also lobbied
to resolve this issue which may have caused some concern for members with old, but well cared
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 next club cruise will be held on Saturday 6th November 2010 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
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 16th November 2010 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in room 15, Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge.
This will be the last meeting for 2010 as we have no evening meeting in December.
There will be cruises though.
Hope you can come. All welcome.