December 2010
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Fellow Hovercraft Enthusiasts,

Cruise report/Christmas party - Muriel Street, Redland Bay, Saturday 11th December 2010.

The last club cruise was held on Saturday 11th December 2010 from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter Venn. This cruise day was also the club's annual Christmas party.
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 4 stroke.
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225 powered by a Robin EC44.
Dale Baxter - ASV Vortex powered by a Rotax 532, 2 cylinder 2 stroke.
Stephen Venn - Expo Turbo powered by a Yamaha PE485 51hp 2 stroke.
David Penaluna - Hoverjet powered by twin Rowena chain saw engines.
Russ & Ivan Pullen - Flying Fish powered by a 35hp Briggs and Stratton 4 stroke.
Steven Odgaard - Billy Baker 2 powered by a 44hp Chaparral engine (static display).

Peter Venn took visitors for rides in the TP6 and Russ Pullen allowed several club members to trial the Flying Fish. Arthur Stead gave it a full speed fly by which was very impressive and fast for a small lightweight craft. Peter Venn took the Hoverjet out for a run up the passage. It always looks fun to drive with its ultra light agility and puffy low pressure bag skirt.

This club cruise held the largest gathering of craft for the year with a total of 8 ACVs. This required a photo shoot and so the craft were lined up neatly for the end of ten shot.

Party starter: After a sunny morning, the afternoon brought sable skies.

Jacques the handyman plumber from France cleaned out the gutter during a torrential downpour and found a plastic cream bottle with a smoking pipe attachment. Poor old Pete had no idea how this bong had come to bung up his downpipe.

In attendance for the Christmas party were Peter and Elaine Venn, Arthur and Judy Stead, Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Steven Odgaard, Dale Baxter, Russ Pullen from Caloundra, Ivan Pullen from the UK, David Penaluna, Stephen Venn and partner, Jacques and wife from France and Bill Toppin from Mack Trucks and Volvo.

Many thanks to our hosts: Peter, Elaine, Arthur and Judy for the Christmas luncheon.

Peter Venn sorts out the lift engine on the HoverJet
Dale Baxter

Australian Hovercraft Federation News:-
On the weekend of 8th, 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 on Saturday 15th January 2011 at Kirkleagh on the swollen Stanley River held back by the majestic Somerset Dam.

Meet at Fernvale at 10:00am and pay for permit ($15) at the information centre.
Have a meat pie from the Old Fernvale Bakery then proceed north to Kirkleagh.
Meet at Kirkleagh at 11:00am.

Alternatively, come from Northern Suburbs of Brisbane via Caboolture, Wamuran, Woodford and Kilcoy to meet at Kirkleagh at 11:00am. Pay for permit at Kirkleagh.
Keep an eye out for the Stanley Pub when you pass through Kilcoy.
We plan to use this venue for the OzHover Eleven rally Saturday night dinner.
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