November 2012
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 20th November 2012, at the RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge.
This meeting was attended by:-

Vice President:- Angus Kerr
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard

Other members attending were Arthur Stead and Bill Toppin.
Visitors for the evening were Rita Chaffey, Kerri Audsley, Brandon Bull and Jim Calder.
Apologies from the club president Peter Venn who is still in Western Australia.

Cruise report - Pelican Park, Clontarf - Sunday 25th November 2012.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 25th November 2012 launching from Pelican Park, Clontarf.
Those attending the cruise were:-

Arthur and Judy Stead - Revtech Renegade powered by a 20hp Honda.
Angus Kerr and Anne Torrance - 65hp Viper.
Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey - BBV2 (static display).

Others attending the cruise were:-
Phil and Kerri Audsley, Bill Toppin, Neil Budworth.

The group met at the Clontarf boat ramp in Pelican Park at 9:00 am. Arthur in the Renegade and Angus and Anne in the Viper travelled across the Pine River mouth parallel with the Houghton Highway and Ted Smout bridge then ventured upstream past the Wyampa Road Boat Ramp and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, under the Bruce Highway bridges, past the South Pine Junction and up to the AJ Willie Bridge at Petrie.

Brandon Bull had a mechanical breakdown during engine test the night before and was unable to weld up a fractured drive shaft in the Yellow timber Turbo Wedge 225 powered by a Subaru 1600cc. Neil Budworth also had a mechanical failure during static trials at home with a fractured top fan pulley on his Turbo Wedge 265.

The Billy Baker came along on its trailer as a static display; the thrust engine fired up on 2nd pull of the rope and sang beautifully, but the Robin lift engine was still refusing to start on the weak spark and out of tune exhaust back pressure.

We enjoyed fine weather with light to moderate wind and the boating and picnic facilities at Pelican Park are kept well maintained by the Redcliffe Council.

Report from the west:-
Hi all
Hope you are all coping with the wind and storms we are hearing about. We are now at the eastern end of the Nullabor Plain and camped for the night at Denial Bay just off Ceduna. We would have been a lot further on but we decided to detour to a woolshed museum which was very interesting and the people so hospitable we stayed a couple of hours longer than anticipated.

The plan to go out on the salt lake with John Brady failed as he had work commitments that kept him longer than he had planned. We don't feel John's craft was quite ready as he was having some carburettor issues to deal with, so thinking back, we should have just asked if he would like to accompany us and go out in our craft for a run just to get some photos and have the experience. Never mind, there is always next time.

We really need to come up with a design and material suitable for skirts on salt lakes as we keep hearing the same story of how good it would be to use hovercraft on the salt lakes without the huge cost to the skirts. We met a chap on the way from Norseman who knows a lady in Coolgardie that has a hovercraft and has used it for prospecting on the salt lakes. Unfortunately the skirt problem was an issue she couldn't overcome and we hear she now is not well and has ceased trying. The lady calls herself "the Lady of the Lake" but we can't find it on google.

We have contacted Kevin Dixon (thanks for the number Steve), and he was most keen to catch up with us and offered his front yard for our convenience, so we will do that in a couple of days time.

As we still don't have the job in NSW confirmed we will be playing it by ear on the way back. If we hear it's not going ahead we may just head home, but if we are given the go ahead and they don't want us for a couple of weeks we will go via the Great Ocean Road and take our time catching up with Sam and Lorraine as well (which would be really nice).

Pete has left me with this and taken off on a hike across the bay (about 1 km). He is really enjoying the whole experience and I've not seen him so relaxed in a long time. We are both really enjoying the trip and meeting some lovely people along the way. Having the craft in tow creates conversation and is a real ice breaker with people.

Western Australia and the lower coastal areas of South Australia pose some real challenges for hovercraft enthusiasts as it is as windy and treacherous as it is beautiful and there are not that many places to go with the exception of the salt lakes which are so damaging. We are extremely fortunate to have our very diverse and user friendly waterways in Queensland and New South Wales.

All the best until we see you all again and happy hovering.
Peter & Elaine

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 9th December 2012 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 from the back terrace. There will be plenty of smooth water for a cruise to the islands with high tide at 6:00 am and low tide at midday.

This is also our Christmas break-up so bring along something for the barbecue and salad for hot weather with cool drinks. Peter and Elaine expect to be home from their long trip and adventure to Western Australia, South Australia, Primbee NSW and Newcastle NSW.
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 15th January 2013 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