November 2010
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Fellow Hovercraft Enthusiasts,

The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 16th November 2010, in Room 15 - Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge. This meeting was attended by:-
Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Dale Baxter, Russ Pullen, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey.

Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay, Saturday 6th November 2010.

The last club cruise was held on Saturday 6th November 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.
Dale Baxter - ASV Vortex powered by a Rotax 532, 2 cylinder 2 stroke.
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker 2 powered by a 44hp Chaparral engine (static display).

Visitors attending the cruise included:-
David Groth and Darren McDonnell from Quandamooka Hovercraft.
David Penaluna
Rita Chaffey came along for a look and chatted with the regular ladies: Judy Stead and Elaine Venn.

Peter Venn started activities for the day by taking David Groth and Darren McDonnell for a run through the Redland Bay Passage in the Turbo TP6. David and Darren came along to the cruise to see some small hovercraft in action. They are planning to start tourist rides in the Horizon Shores area with a Canair S12 powered by 2 Honda engines developing 250 horsepower.

The club cruise took us north to the western tip of Karragarra Island where we enjoyed a billy tea and a light snack. The tide was very high but the breeze was gentle. Des had made a few modifications to the fan since our last outing and was keen to see how his craft performed now. Paul Mott has a similar craft to Des and knows all the tricks to get the best out of it, and at the Paradise Point rally in Victoria last month, he gave Des some tips on fan adjustment. It must have been the right advice as the craft performed quite well and was noticeably quieter.

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.
Of those currently confirmed coming and booked into the Lake Somerset Holiday Park, the most distant travellers will be Peter and Sue Morgan from Wanganui in New Zealand.

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

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be on Saturday, 11th December 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.
As this is the last scheduled cruise for 2010, it will also be the Queensland Hovercraft Club's annual Christmas get-together, so bring along a few goodies to put on the BBQ.
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 January 2011 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