September 2012
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 18th September 2012, at the RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge.
This meeting was attended by:-

President:- Peter Venn
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard

Other members attending were Angus Kerr, Arthur Stead and Bill Toppin.
Visitors for the evening were Rita Chaffey, Kerri Audsley and Neil Budworth.

Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay - Saturday 15th September 2012.

The last club cruise was held on Saturday 15th September 2012, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter Venn. Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter Venn - Turbo TP6 powered by a Subaru 1800 EA81 and 18hp Honda.
Arthur Stead - Revtech Renegade powered by a 20hp Honda.
Ben Woodhead - Turbo Vortex powered by a Suzuki 4 cylinder 4 stroke.
Steven Odgaard - Expo Turbo powered by a 51hp Yamaha PE485.

Others attending the cruise were:-
Bill Toppin, Dale Baxter, Neil Budworth and Harrison Baxter.

Dale Baxter met us at the morning launch and apologized for Tuesday night’s AGM.

Peter Venn, Bill Toppin, Neil Budworth and Harrison Baxter travelling in the Turbo TP6, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey in Peter's white Expo Turbo, Arthur in the Renegade and Ben in his Turbo Vortex cruised the Logan Delta and stopped on Mark's Middle Island next to Mark's Hill and Mark's Road. No sand was exposed so we landed on the mud at the eastern end. We launched the four craft at 10:30am and had morning tea on Mark’s Middle Island, near Mark’s Hill and Mark’s Road, in the Logan River delta. Young Harrison Baxter was amused by the vegemite worms in his SAO biscuit, but offered it to skipper Grandpa Venn after the fun wore off and the taste buds kicked in.

Ben Woodhead pretended that he could not find the island and continued back to the launch ramp without even looking around at the other craft parked on the eastern point. Perhaps he isn’t fond of vegemite either. Landing on Mark’s Middle Island is a muddy affair even with an amphibious vehicle. It is a long narrow grassy flat patch flanked by a dangerous vertical ledge and deep fast flowing current to the north and thick mangrove shrubbery with sloppy brown mud to the south. The only nice landing spot is the western point at low tide. This island is covered by king tides except for a tiny knoll hidden by the tallest sheoaks. Many a camper has had to make a hasty retreat to the boat in the middle of the night with the unexpected submersion of the tent site.

We had our billy tea and SAO’s in comfort thanks to Peter Venn’s detachable seats and bench and enjoyed the warm spring weather on a quiet little uninhabited island. Departing the muddy beach was made difficult by a sou-eastery which held the integrated craft on the slope. Peter’s TP6 however slid away nicely with the advantage of a lift engine.

We saw the Discover Hover UHT13 belonging to Hendra High School parked near Peter’s driveway stored for Corporal Brett Young. Judy Stead, Elaine Venn and Rita Chaffey made a refreshing lunch and then Bill Toppin helped Steven Odgaard to apply another coat of 2 pack white paint to the 6 foot timber prop for the Sea Eagle UHF18P. Thanks to Bill’s spray painting experience, the new propeller is starting to glisten. We just need to check its balance before installation. We also spray painted a repaired patch on the fan duct of the TP6. Peter was happy with the finish which blended nicely with the existing coat.

World Hovercraft Championships:-
A report of some tragic news from the World Hovercraft Championships in Germany on the weekend.
Michael Feulner was killed on Friday 14th September when craft collided during a water to land transition. At first the collision seemed harmless with relatively slow impact speeds but Michael was hit in an awkward position and suffered a spinal injury which proved to be fatal. Racing was cancelled for the rest of the day. Peter Streader has sent a letter of condolence to the WHF governing body and the German club on behalf of the AHF and its branches.

Annual General Meeting:-
I am pleased to report that all committee positions were filled.
Election of office bearers was as follows:-

President Peter Venn - nominated by A. Stead seconded by W. Toppin
Vice President Angus Kerr - nominated by W. Toppin seconded by P. Audsley
Secretary Steven Odgaard - nominated by W. Toppin seconded by A. Kerr
Treasurer Phil Audsley - nominated by W. Toppin seconded by A. Kerr
AHF delegate Angus Kerr - nominated by S. Odgaard seconded by W. Toppin
AHF delegate Bill Toppin - nominated by A. Kerr seconded by A. Stead
AHF delegate Steven Odgaard - nominated by A. Kerr seconded by W. Toppin

Club membership.
Thanks to Dale Baxter and Bill Toppin of Qld who have renewed their club membership.
Tony Hogben of Curra wrote a letter of resignation. Tony is suffering with deteriorating health and has decided to call it a day. Tony has been a member and faithful supporter of the QSH club for 9 years.

Report from Western Australia:-
Donnelly River Cruise. Date: 25 September 2012
Hi Steven.
Always wanted to cruise the Donnelly river ever since I laid eyes on it. On Saturday we did it. The Donnelly River is located near Pemberton WA. From the boat ramp in the Kari Forest to the river mouth is 12 km of winding river. It starts off pretty narrow with trees overhanging the river. As you get closer to the ocean it opens up to be a wide and slow moving river.

Boats often ply the route to the shacks located near the mouth of the river. Now it has been done by hovercraft. We took the Viper 5 through its paces winding through the forest. Please Note this trip is Not for novice drivers. It takes some skill to navigate the narrow part of the river with little space for error. Plenty of snags to catch a skirt on. The hovercraft made the trip without incident.

Winding through the forest was like nothing else, the isolation was noticeable. No mobile phone reception, no VHF reception, no 27mhz reception. You are really on your own if something goes wrong. We checked the hovercraft over many times to ensure no mechanical problems on the trip. Also we carried 40 litres of spare fuel. It wasn't needed, but good to have as a back up.

The wind was pretty strong on the day. Whipping up 1 ft waves on the more open parts of the river. Despite the isolation the trip is worth the effort. We proved it can be done by hovercraft. We took footage of the craft going up the river. We got 17 minutes worth. Too big to post unfortunately.
Jeremy Ludlow

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Saturday 14th October 2012 on the Logan River at Eagleby.
Meet at 9:00 am at the Eagleby boat ramp near the Pacific Motorway bridge.

From Brisbane take exit 31 heading south, go past the Loganholme BP, under the Logan Motorway fly-over and take the service road bridge across the Logan River. From the Gold Coast take exit 34 and follow Brigade Drive and turn left into River Hills Road and head north.

Plenty of parking in a council carpark to take 44 cars with boat trailers. We plan to travel upstream to the Waterford Arms hotel for a cup of tea in the Bistro. The Eagleby launch spot will have few boats due to the silted ramp, however the Waterford ramp is popular with boat owners and anglers. The ramp is also quite steep and narrow so care will be needed when parking for the morning tea stop. Keep the ramp and access lanes clear.

With so many car parking spaces at Eagleby, this is a good spot to bring along your “not quite finished” craft for a static display in line of sight from a busy Gold Coast Motorway. Could be a good promotion for the club and an opportunity to make use of an expensive council facility which remains largely unused.

President Peter Venn and web master Arthur Stead will be away on their return to the Murray River to complete a long distance cruise with Sam Waugh and John Mendham of Primbee NSW. They hope to journey from Echuca (Cobb Hwy) to Khancoban at the Alpine Way and within 30kms of Mt Kosciuszko. This will complete the trip along Australia’s largest river which the 4 small craft started on Wednesday 9th May 2012.

UBD Reference - Map 264 A12.
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 October 2012 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