March 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 March 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, Arthur Stead, and Rod Jensen.
Visitor for the evening was Rita Chaffey and Dan Logovik.

Leaderboard Challenge report - Flying Fish Hovercraft - Sunday 6th March 2011.

For the club visit we had a total of 21 people at the Flying Fish.
Those attending the Flying Fish hovercross circuit were:-

Peter & Elaine Venn, David, Anna & Thomas Venn, Arthur & Judy Stead, Rod & Caryl Jensen, Angus Kerr & Anne, Des Goss, Dale Baxter, Alan Harm, John Lee, Dan Logovik, Rita Chaffey, Steven Odgaard and our hosts, Russ, Emma & Hetty Pullen.

We had a fun afternoon on the single craft circuit at the Flying Fish next door to the Big Fish Tavern. Russ and Emma have set up a hovercraft fun track beside the Bruce Highway on the disused go-cart track north of Caboolture.

Each participant had a 3 lap trial in turn and then Russ timed everyone again on a two lap test.
Russ and Emma put on a pot of tea and a spread of tasty treats, then announced the lap results just as a heavy shower of rain set in. Dan Logovik, John Lee and Rita Chaffey were taken for a few laps as passenger behind the skilled commander Russ Pullen in the twilight before packing up.


Des Goss - 1:47.8
Steven Odgaard - 1:48.5
Angus Kerr - 1:48.7
David Venn - 1:55.2
Dale Baxter - 1:55.7
Peter Venn - 2:02.8
Arthur Stead - 2:11.3
Alan Harm - 2:48.6

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photos taken around the Flying Fish hovercross track

Not content with one delightful activity for the month of March, Chairman Goss called for a second outing so he could render his adrenalin craving.

Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay, Saturday 12th March 2011.

This cruise was held on Saturday 12th March 2011 from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter Venn. Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter Venn & Arthur Stead - Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 & Honda twin cylinder.
Des Goss - Turbo Wedge 225 powered by a Robin EC44.
Steven Odgaard - Expo Turbo powered by a 51hp Yamaha PE485.

Visitors at Lagoon Passage were Dale Baxter who did a dash for the front gate to go cruising in his boat, and Peter D’Arcy–Evans who has purchased a Hoverguard 800 from John Dean of Bonogin.

The three craft launched into Lagoon Passage and travelled to Macleay Island for a very pleasant morning tea at the Blue Parrot Café.

Elaine & Judy drafted a list of activities for the National Rally with volunteers allocated various tasks. Arthur Stead presented a programme guide. Steven showed everyone the SeqWater application before mailing it out to the recreation support officer.

Technical Topics:-
Steven showed his plumbing skills by replacing a burst downpipe at the corner of Peter and Elaine’s home. One of the tricks to owning a hovercraft trailer is to watch the mudguards carefully when driving along a narrow lane.

Click on the next and previous buttons below to view a selection of photos from the cruise.

Peter Venn heads up the channel toward Macleay Island
Steven Odgaard in the Expo Turbo

Other News:-
This month we welcome Rod Jensen of Karalee as a new member to the Queensland branch.
Thank you Rod for your support and attendance to club meetings and outings.

Peter Ledwoch and Ann Dickinson are working as Locums in Wodonga Victoria.
They visited Hume Dam recently and were pleasantly surprised to find a craft giving rides on the Lake.

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.

Next club cruise:-
Invitation to visit a hovercraft factory at Alberton.

The next club cruise will be held on Saturday 16th April 2011 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Meet at Peter Venn's place at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a 9:00 am launch and a cruise up the Logan River. A barbecue is planned on the back terrace of Ross McLeod’s Airlift Marine workshop on the Logan River.
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 19th April 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