December 2012
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
As usual there was no club meeting held in December, but the Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation will hold the next planning meeting in the Staff Room of Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge on Tuesday, 15th January 2013.

Cruise report - Muriel Street, Redland Bay - Sunday 9th December 2012.
The last club cruise was also the Christmas barbeque breakup and was held on Sunday 9th December 2012 at 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter Venn.
Those attending the cruise were:-

Peter Venn Expo Turbo powered by a 51hp Yamaha PE485.
Angus Kerr 65hp Viper
Brandon Bull Turbo Wedge 225 powered by a 1600cc Subaru
Steven Odgaard Universal UH18P Sea Dragon (static display)

The December cruise was a Christmas party at Peter and Elaine's place at 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay attended by debutants Brandon Bull and Amelia Torrence in the yellow Turbo Wedge 225 complete with a brand new finger skirt. Brandon and Amelia were a little over confident at first with their speed and handling skills, but were taught a little respect for the phenomenon known as plough in. It's interesting to watch a new participant on a club cruise during their first hour. There is often a little blood letting in the way of bruises and scratches and poor Amelia copped more than her fair share.

Angus Kerr and Ann Torrance managed to keep the engagement ring dry as they expertly cruised along the Redland Bay Channel in the Viper and took injured Amelia on board. Peter Venn cruised along in the back up craft; the white Expo Turbo.

Steven Odgaard brought the Sea Dragon along to show off the new water tight canopy with clear side view windows, and the rear engine was fired up to swing the small 5 foot 2 bladed propeller in the wire cage. A larger 6 foot propeller still needs to be balanced before assembly.

Ben Woodhead turned up early and departed to attend a family christening after only a brief stay.

Also in attendance for the Christmas lunch were former owners of the yellow craft, Phil and Kerri Audsley, Jeremy Torrance, Bill Toppin, Rita Chaffey, David Venn and son Thomas with friend Ben.

The meal was hosted by Elaine Venn and there were many interesting topics about Peter and Elaine's trip across the Nullabor and the many interesting people they met along the way who share a passion and an interest in air cushion vehicles. To name a few:- Jeremy Ludlow, Neil Kentish and Michael Fane of Western Australia and Kevin Dixon of South Australia,

Peter Venn then told us of his misfortune with a lift engine failure while skimming across an ash dam in the Newcastle region. The craft became stuck fast in the ash pit and was unable to be moved until temporary repairs were made to the lift engine support frame. Rescue came very slowly from a team of men who had to lay down sheets of ply to walk out on the boggy surface.

After the Christmas lunch, Peter and David Venn travelled to the Woolloongabba cricket ground to perform in some evening pre-match entertainment. They carried Santa Claus around the field to the delight of mum and dad cricket fans with young children.
A very busy month indeed for our illustrious club president - Peter Venn.

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