July 2016
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 2016, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-
President:- Ben Woodhead
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard
Publicity Officer:- Steve Stephens

Other members attending were Angus Kerr, Les Taylor, Kim Allen, Dale Baxter, Dieter Renisch, Cle Sheck, Larry Franks and Dwayne Morgan for a total of 11 people.

Apologies: Peter Venn, Phillip and Kerri Audsley, Arthur Stead, Gunter Prischl, Micheal Stephenson and Ian Lind.

Cruise report - Queensland State Rally - Lake Coolmunda - 9th & 10th July 2016.

The last club cruise was the Queensland State Rally held on the weekend of 9th & 10th July, 2016 at Lake Coolmunda near Inglewood. This cruise was a trial run for the AHF National Rally in July, 2017.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Ben Woodhead Expo Turbo Wedge 240
Peter Venn Turbo TP6
Angus Kerr Revtech Rocket
Lucas Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Michael Stephenson White Turbo Wedge 240 - Baffle.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Zesty.
Larry Franks UH18-SPW - The Norm.
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge - Phoenix.
James King Viper 5XC - camouflage.
Arthur Stead Revtech Renegade
John Mendham Revtech Renegade - Hovvern.
Steve Stephens Turbo Wedge 240 - No Wheel Drive.
Dale Baxter Commodore V6 powered airboat - Passing Wind.
Steven Odgaard QSH safety tinnie & 15hp outboard - full of witches hats, buoys, bricks and anchors.
Eric, Anne, Alycia, Mick, and 5 more SES volunteers from Inglewood & Texas SES Boat 310850D
SES Boat 27730D
SES Boat Texas 251650D
- Yamaha 70hp.
- Honda 50hp.
- Honda 50hp.

Saturday 9th July 2016

Drivers Briefing:-
At the driver briefing on Saturday morning we had 28 in attendance - 24 from the QSH club and 4 visitors including Lorraine Brighton, Joy Sligar, and John Mendham (Mendo), who all came up from NSW to include the rally with an extended social visit. Peter Lucas and Ken Buchanan from Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saving were also there, as they had contacted Ben a few weeks earlier to check out the suitability of ACV's to augment their jetski fleet. They were suitably impressed with the line-up of different craft, and left with lots of practical knowledge.
Morning mist began to lift and the lake appeared from its blanket of winter fog. We started with a briefing by president Ben Woodhead followed by a craft walk-around with a brief description by each ACV owner. Les Taylor (craft scrutineer) was delayed with a flat tyre, so a more detailed craft scrutiny was missed this year.

The Fly By and Cruise:-
Next was the traditional fly-by attempt, which never seems to work when we conduct oval patterns. The only way to come close is to start from a bank and continue in a straight path, but his year it looked better. This was followed by a cruise around the lake and some general lake exploration.

Point to Point Time Trial:-
Peter Venn conducted the first fun competition which neither favours the fastest nor the slowest craft. It just comes down to a good estimation of how long it takes to travel between nominated legs where time keepers were positioned at various locations around the shoreline.
The ladies back at campfire headquarters put their heads together to calculate the places for this one.
1st Les Taylor
2nd Kim and James Allen
3rd James King
Other participants were Ben Woodhead, Angus Kerr, Larry Franks, Arthur Stead, John Mendham, Michael Stephenson and Dieter Renisch.

The Cork Scramble:-
Larry Franks and Steven Odgaard set up the orienteering markers at 3:00 pm, but with the cool shadows of evening setting in we postponed this event till morning and brought forward the cork scramble. Peter Venn and Steven Odgaard distributed 100 large Portuguese corks in a safe non-concentrated array and then on returning to base, Ben Woodhead and family lead the charge to collect as many corks as possible.
1st Angus, Lucas, Danielle, and Cameron Kerr - 36 corks
2nd Kim Allen - 18 corks
3rd Les and Sandi Taylor - 15 corks
4th John Mendham and James Allen - 14 corks
Ben, Narelle, Gowan, and Calum Woodhead - 10 corks
Dieter Renisch - 1 cork
Lucky cork number 23 was rounded up by Danielle Kerr. This was easily the best event for spectators.

QHS Dinner at the Bowls Club:-
We showered and dressed for dinner in time for a 6:30 pm bus to take us the 13 kms to Inglewood Bowls Club. Peter and Elaine Venn, John Mendham and Joy Sligar, Lorraine Brighton, Michael Stephenson, Dieter Renisch, Les and Sandi Taylor, Larry Franks, Ben and Gowan Woodhead, Steve Stephens, Rebekah Sier, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey caught the bus driven by Anne, one of the SES volunteers.
We met James and Elisha King and Len (friend of Larry Franks) at the Inglewood Bowls club to try out the catering service as a prelude to next years National Rally dinner. There were no complaints about the bar service, quality or quantity of food, especially the desserts.

Sunday 10th July 2016

Orienteering Time Trial:-
Sunday morning started with mild overcast cloud cover with a light southerly breeze. No fog today. We had the whole lake to ourselves. No waders, swimmers, canoeist, kayakers, water skiers, sailors nor fisher folk, so we started with the orienteering first while the lake was calm.
Seven craft set off with a piece of the map and had to return with 5 segments making up the complete map of the lake. It wasn't easy, and only 1 craft returned the mid section obtained from Bracker Creek.
1st James and Elisha King - 4 map segments 24 minutes.
2nd Kim and James Allen - 4 map segments 29 minutes.
3rd Lucas Kerr, Jeremy Torrance, and Dillon Forrest - 4 map segments 57 minutes.
4th Ben, Narelle, Gowan, and Callum Woodhead - 3 map segments 55 minutes.
5th Les and Sandi Taylor - 2 map segments 32 minutes.
6th John Mendham - 2 map segments 38 minutes.
Dieter Renisch and Michael Stephenson hit a tree while approaching a check point and were helped by Dale Baxter in his air boat until the SES flood boat came over, helped rig up the recovery mat, then towed them more than a kilometer back to the finish.

Individual Slalom Run:-
At 11:00 am Les and Steve set up the buoys and witches hats for a team relay slalom course, but as a few floats soon got demolished, it was quickly changed to an individual slalom time trial.
Steve and Rita recorded the following times.
1st Lucas Kerr - 52.16 seconds.
2nd Angus Kerr - 53.38 seconds.
3rd Les Taylor - 1 minute 3.23 seconds.
4th John Mendham - 1 minute 3.26 seconds.
5th James King - 1 minute 17.28 seconds.
6th Steven Odgaard - 1 minute 19.24 seconds.
7th Ben Woodhead - 1 minute 42.47 seconds.
8th Elisha King - 1 minute 52.70 seconds.
On recount Lucas had 2 hits of the milk bottle buoys and Les Taylor had 3 hits which technically puts Angus in 1st place ahead of Lucas and John Mendham in 3rd place ahead of Les.

Lunch and Presentation:-
The prize-giving and Pizza lunch, cooked in a smokey wood-fired oven by Troy, Idalia and Bryan was held at the caravan park's slab hut. Ben welcomed the Mayor, C.E.O. and Events Co-ordinator of Goondiwindi Regional Council, Graeme Scheu, Chris Manton, and Megan Long, before the Mayor presented the many prizes to the lucky winners. Les took home an inflatable PFD which was kindly donated by 1 of our regional members, Jack Hickmont, and over 2 dozen other prizes were eagerly chosen by other winners, including some of the young kids, who also had a ball.
A $100 cheque was presented to the SES for their participation in an enjoyable weekend.

The Presentations
Weekend Rally Attendance:-
We had 37 members, family and friends attending the rally:
Ben, Narelle, Gowan, and Calum, Woodhead, Peter and Elaine Venn, Steve Stephens and Rebecca Sier, Arthur and Judy Stead, Les and Sandi Taylor, Angus and Ann Kerr, Lucas, Danielle, and Cameron Kerr, Jeremy Torrance, Amelia Torrance, Dillion and Indy Forrest, Kim and James Allen, Michael Stephenson, Dieter Renisch, James and Elisha King, Dale Baxter, Larry Franks, John Mendham and Joy Sligar, Lorraine Brighton, Mike and Jane Rutterman, Dwayne Morgan, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey.

Inglewood and Texas SES:-
The local Inglewood and Texas SES provided 3 aluminium 40hp flood boats on the water over the weekend for our activities, as well as erecting 3 portashades with walls for wind protection in the rally headquarters area. Only one rescue was required during the rally when Dieter Renisch and Michael Stephenson disabled their craft after hitting a tree while approaching a check point in the Orienteering Time Trial and had to be towed back to rally headquarters.

A big “Thank you” to all who could make it. The rally was a successful and enjoyable weekend which allowed us to try out the local facilities and improve planning for next year's National Rally. This will be held at Lake Coolmunda on 8th & 9th July 2017 (middle weekend of Vic. school holidays and last weekend of Qld. school holidays), but as many will arrive a day or 2 earlier, there will be some non-competitve activity on the water as a warm-up for the weekend.
The cool nights meant the fireplaces scattered around the waterside camping area were put to good use, and the social activities went well into the night. Plenty of un-powered camping area which will once again segregate us from other campers, keeping noise and dust to the down-wind end for everyone's comfort.

Other Local News:-
Aquatic Event Permit from Maritime Safety Qld. was received Wednesday 6th July 2016.
Recreational Activity Permit from Sunwater was received Thursday 7th July 2016.
$570 branch subscription paid to AHF treasurer Paul Moody with list of members.
Receipt from Paul Moody for $570.
Membership application and cheque for $50 from Leigh Parkes now at Wynnum.
Letter of congratulations sent to Keith Oakley on HCGB 50th anniversary 15/7/2016.
$100 donation to Inglewood SES for 2 port-a-shades. SES also supplied 3 flood boats and crews.
$250 to Anne from the SES for the Bennets 36 seater bus to Inglewood. 3 trips.
Medium size club shirt supplied to James King on Sat 9th July 2016 at rally.

Australian National Rally:
The next Australian National Rally will be held from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2017 at Lake Coolmunda near Inglewood in southeast Queensland. This rally is being organised by the Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club on behalf of the Australian Hovercraft Federation.
Check the rally site for details - rally.qhover.com

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise was planned for Colmslie boat ramp, but as this has been closed for repairs, the cruise will revert to Muriel St, Redland Bay on Sunday 14th August 2016.
Meet at 9:00 am at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel.

Contact for these events is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th August 2016 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Coopers Plains Library at 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains.
There is plenty of parking at the rear of the library building via Bosworth Street off Orange Grove Road.

UBD Reference - Map 200 D-13.

Anyone with an interest in air cushion vehicles is welcome to attend.
We discuss technical topics and plan cruises.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary