July 2011
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 19th July 2011, at 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 Angus Kerr, Peter Venn and Arthur Stead.
Visitors for the evening were Rita Chaffey, Rod Jensen, Ray Rashleigh of Wangarah NZ and Steven Hornabrook of Patura South NZ.

Des Goss will be off north to Cairns and hopes to be able to visit several of our regional members from Proserpine, Rockhampton and Townsville along the way. Des will be back in time for the next cruise, but Arthur Stead gave his apologies for the next cruise and the next meeting. (AGM)

Cruise report - Kirkleagh, Lake Sometset - 8th, 9th & 10th July 2011.

Our last cruise was The Australian National Rally based at Kirkleagh on Somerset Dam. We had 28 craft at the launch site and 80 people at the evening meal. The cruise lasted mainly for 3 days from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July and for the fortunate ones amongst us who have money for nothing and skirts for free, the cruise event went well into the following week, with Arthur & Judy Stead and Peter & Elaine Venn wrapping up and pulling out of Kirkleagh on Wednesday 13th July.

Registration and administration: Peter & Elaine Venn, Arthur & Judy Stead
Registration desk: Phillip and Kerri Audsley
Safety Boat IR326Q : Don and May Venn Qld
Safety Officers: Tony Moretti & Kevin Dixon
First Aid Officers: Rita Chaffey & Peter Venn
Radio land base Christine Dixon SA
Radio mobiles: Kevin Dixon SA SH18S & Peter Venn Qld 30197QE
Craft scrutineer: Russ Pullen
SES Toogoolawah: Neville Finlay, Cindy Mills, Ken Kussulski, Brian Abbott, Ron Marquharson and Michael Chalker
Tee shirts & caps: Ann Torrance AJ’s Embroidery and Angus Kerr
Ladies Gift Packs: Girl Friday Makeover Lounge Milton
$250.00 Scavenger hunt prize: CMK Financial Solutions
Major raffle prize - new skirt: Hovercraft Environmental Services
$50.00 Fuel Vouchers Arthur and Judy Stead
Raffle Prizes Phil Audsley, Dan Logovik, Joan & Steven Odgaard
Saturday night dinner at the Stanley Hotel organised by Elaine Venn and Judy Stead

Click on the next and previous buttons below to see photos of the craft attending the rally.

Events:- Friday 8th July 2011:-
Registrations by Elaine Venn and Judy Stead

Cruise by Peter Venn.
Radio interview 4:15pm to 4:30pm by Graham Nuttall of Toogoolawah Radio 4BVR FM95.9 with Peter Venn.

Meat and Greet.
Coleman fuel by Don Egan.

Events:- Saturday 9th July 2011:-
Parade Lap lead by Des Goss
Des and Brad Goss Qld Simple Cylone VL690Q
Peter Streader Vic Red Baron HV23
Ivan Price Turbo Vic Wedge 235 HV44
Flemming Jensen Vic Turbo 265 No Rules HV72
Larry Lewis Qld Turbo Wedge 240 NA336Q
Peter Males NSW Cassel Marine CRUUZEN
Kevin Dixon SA Hornet SH18S
Sam Wauch NSW Revtech Renegade 1.1 CUSHN
Stephen Venn Qld Turbo Wedge 240 Research 20883QE
Leigh Parkes NSW Marlin Flying Fish 30666QE
Reece and Christopher Isaac VIC Turbo Wedge 265 HV047
Eugene Zanozin NSW Revtech Renegade MERLIN
Peter Venn Qld Turbo TP6 Girl Friday 30197QE
Tony Moretti Vic Sevtech HV36
Rodd Westwood Revtech Rocket HV80

Pair off heats (2 craft heat) by Augus Kerr and Ann Torrance
1st Frank Beamish 213 Revtech Rocket HV05 47.6 seconds
2nd Peter Streader 214 Red Baron HV23 50.7 seconds
3rd Sam Waugh 210 Revtech Renegade 1.1 CUSHN 53.4 seconds

11 Heats:
Dave Cropley 206 Vic versus Flemming Jensen 221 Vic
Sam Waugh 210 NSW versus Eugene Zanozin 222 NSW
Colin Dainty 211 Vic versus John Mendham 225 NSW
Larry Lewis 033 Qld versus Peter Venn Turbo Wedge 240 Research Qld
Frank Beamish 213 Vic versus Peter Males 217 NSW
Reece Isaac 203 Vic versus Rodd Westwood 224 Renegade HV33 Vic (Tied !!)
Peter Venn Qld versus Leigh Parkes 055 NSW
Peter Streader 214 Vic versus Des Goss 202 Qld
Peter Streader 214 Vic versus David Venn 205 Qld
Peter Streader 214 Vic versus Russ Pullen 215 Marlin Qld
Russ Pullen 215 Snapper Qld versus Peter Morgan 050 Marlin New Zealand

Point to point timed trial by Peter Venn Hovercraft Environmental Services
Point 1 3 minutes Point 2 5 minutes Point 3 6 minutes and 7 minutes return.
Ivan Price Turbo Wedge 235 High Side HV44 817 points 1st
Reece Isaac Turbo Wedge 265 HV047 808 points 2nd
Leigh Parkes Snapper UN940Q 788 points 3rd

Driver skills trial by Russ and Emma Pullen
1st Frank Beamish 213 Vic Revtech Rocket HV05 1 minute 42.2 seconds
2nd Larry Lewis 033 Qld Turbo Wedge 240 NA336Q 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
3rd Russ Pullen Qld Marlin Flying Fish 30666QE 2 minutes 3.4 seconds

Eugene Zanozin 222 NSW 2 minutes 28.6 seconds
David Cropley 206 Vic scratched
Peter Streader 214 Vic 2 minutes 22.5 seconds
Leigh Parkes 055 NSW 3 minutes 10.8 seconds (Box not attempted)
John Mendham 225 NSW 2 minutes 41.3 seconds
Russ Pullen Qld 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
Sam Waugh 210 NSW 2 minutes 29.2 seconds (Box error)
Reece Isaac 203 Vic 2 minutes 19.7 seconds
Colin Dainty 211 Vic 2 minutes 45 seconds
Frank Beamish 213 Vic 1 minute 42.2 seconds
Larry Lewis 033 Qld 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
Ivan Price 209 2 minutes 36.1 seconds
Rodd Westwood 224 Vic 2 minutes 54.4 seconds
Peter Males 217 NSW 2 minutes 52.7 seconds

AHF dinner at the Stanley Hotel by Elaine Venn and Judy Stead.

Events:- Sunday 10th July 2011:-
CMK scavenger hunt by Arthur Stead
1st Eugen Zanozin 222 & Robin Zanozin NSW Revtech Renegade MERLIN 250 points
2nd Des Goss 202 & Brad Goss Qld Simple Cyclone VL690Q 250 points
3rd Rodd Westwood 224 Revtech Rocket HV05 Vic 240 points (No points for ski)

Cork round up by Steven Odgaard
Corks safely distributed by Tony Moretti in a large “L” shape to avoid craft concentration and collisions in the lake.
Sam Waugh and Lorraine Brighton Revtech Renegade 1.1 210 21 corks 1st
Stephen and David Venn 15 corks. Turbo 240 205 Unlucky cork number 61 2nd
Arthur Stead 201 & Makarla Wheeler Revtech Renegade 12 corks 3rd
Reece and Christopher Isaac 203 Turbo 265 12 corks. Lucky cork number 19.
Leigh Parkes 055 Flying Fish 9 corks
Rodd Westwood 224 Revtech Rocket HV05 Vic 8 corks
John Mendham 225 Revtech Renegade HOVERN NSW 7 corks
Eugene and Robin Zanozin 227 Revtech Renegade MERLIN NSW 6 corks
Kevin Dixon Hornet SH18S SA 5 corks

Judges: Peter Streader, Eugene Zanozin, Kevin Dixon, Steven Odgaard.

Prestige prizes
Best presented craft Peter Males CRUUZEN NSW $50 fuel voucher
Special mention Peter Venn TP6 Girl Friday 30197QE Qld
Quietest craft Tony Moretti Sevtech HV36 Vic $50 fuel voucher

Unlucky Gully “search and reason” quiz
Eugene and Robin Zanozin “Crushed canoe by tree fall”

Novalty prizes
Oldest craft - David Venn Hoverjet MC928Q Nice warm granny blanket
Craft with the most bugs – Angus Kerr Revtech Rocket MZ320Q Fly swat
Wettest craft - Peter Darcy – Evans Hoverguard 800 UN570Q Teddy in a dolphin suit
Most dust - Russ Pullen – Flying Fish Marlin 30666QE Dust Mask
Noisiest craft Peter Darcy – Evans Hoverguard 800 UN570Q Ear Muffs
Dirtiest craft – Phil Audsley Turbo Wedge 225 ES125Q Not washed in 5 yrs Detergent
Garden Ornament award – Steven Odgaard UHF18P HV100 Garden Gnome.

Perpectual Award for services to the Hovercraft fraternity
Reece Issaac for his term as Victorian branch newsletter editor and publisher for 6 years. for work on the committee for 6 years and for top attendance at cruises/rallies.
Prize presentations by Arthur Stead and Steven Odgaard.
Novalty prizes by Phillip Audsley and Steven Odgaard
Farewell address by Peter Streader AHF President VIC

Sunday afternoon cruise to northern (shallow) end of Lake by Arthur Stead.
Monday cruise of Somerset Dam – Lead by Peter Venn

Tuesday cruise of Somerset Dam with mirror water and cruises through the dead wood forest.

Apologies: Dale Baxter Qld, Ivan Pullen UK, Karl & Judy Bowman NSW, Bruno Davids SA, Glenn Azlin Vic (Had to turn back due to skirt damage in transit.)

Mishaps, bloopers and blessings :
Don Venn Safety Boat tows David Venn in the Hoverjet
Don Venn Safety Boat tows Leigh Parkes in red craft.
Don Venn congratulates the club on so few craft break downs. Unlike the craft from 40 years ago.
Four wheel drive without handbrake applied rolls over David Cropley’s trailer
Ivan Price dobbed in by CB truckie for overtaking 3 times. Police let him off.
Rodd Westwood’s car has an electrical issue at Pittsworth near Toowoomba Qld after travelling 1600kms from Melbourne.
Michael Girdler at Esk turns back for Rodd and tows his craft to the rally. Colin Dainty drives Rodd back to Pittsworth.
Craft and car towed to Toowoomba for repairs. Rodd goes home by bus. Bus breaks down in NSW.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be on Saturday, 13th August 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 held on Tuesday, 16th August 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