February 2011
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 15th February 2011, in the Staff Room of the RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge.
This meeting was attended by:-

Vice President:- Des Goss
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard

Other members attending were Peter Venn, Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead and Dale Baxter.
Visitors for the evening were Rita Chaffey, Russ Pullen, Rod Jensen and Alan Harm.

Cruise report - Kirkleagh, Lake Somerset - Saturday 5th February 2011.

The last club cruise was held on Saturday 5th February 2011 at Kirkleagh on Lake Somerset.
Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter and Elaine Venn - Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 & Honda twin cylinder.
David, Anna and Thomas Venn - Hoverjet powered by two Rowena engines.
Larry and Di lewis - Expo Turbo powered by a Yamaha PE485 51hp 2 stroke.
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).

Friends and visitors attending the cruise were:-
Phillip Audsley, Bill Toppin (Volvo), Rod and Karen Jensen and Peter Darcy (Hoverguard 800) and John O'Grady from Currumbin based Build-a-Boat school.

After meeting at Fernvale we travelled in convoy to Esk, but split up after a detour around flood damaged roads caused a bit of confusion. Some went via Mt. Beppo and some went via Harlin. We all met up at Kirkleagh and Dale Baxter arrived via Caboolture and Kilcoy.

Five craft launched into Lake Somerset at Kirkleagh and a wild and windy northerly brought us some soaking rain, but a nice trip was held when the wind finally settled down at around 2:30pm. We enjoyed lunch and billy tea at the campsite and the days cruise wrapped up at 5:00pm.

The cost of a permit for a vessel is $15.00.

Other News:-
Russ Pullen wishes to reclass air cushion vehicles for commercial use on non-navigateable inland waters and wetland. Coxwains ticket is presently required.

John Dean of Bonogin has sold his Hoverguard 800 to Peter Darcy.

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.
The Aquatic Event Permit to hold this event has been issued by the Department of Transport.

Stay tuned - more information on the rally will be available shortly.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Saturday 12th March 2011 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 15th March 2011 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Staff Room at Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge.

Hope you can come. All welcome.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary