August 2016
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 16th August 2016, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-

Vice President:- Peter Venn
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard
Publicity Officer:- Steve Stephens

Other members attending were Angus Kerr, Kim Allen, Dieter Renisch, Arthur Stead, Gunter Prischl, Micheal Stephenson Larry Franks and Dwayne Morgan. Visitor for the evening was Kerri Audsley.

Apologies: Ben Woodhead in Columbia.

Cruise report - AEIOU Charity Run, Nerang River - Sunday 24th July 2016.

This cruise was a Charity Run to support the AEIOU foundation and was held on the Nerang River between Nerang and the Gold Coast on Sunday 24th July 2016.
Superheroes attending the Charity Run with craft were:-

Spiderman Turbo 235 Superwedge alias - Cle Sheck
Captain America Expo Turbo 240 alias - Ben Woodhead

Report from Steven Odgaard:
Dale Baxter, Neil & Libby Budworth, Steven Odgaard, Rita Chaffey, Narelle, Gowan, and Calum Woodhead, Brooke & Aven Sheck plus Brooke's mum, Sue Davis, along with several members and families associated with the AEIOU foundation watched Ben Woodhead and Cle Sheck dressed in North American comic book action hero costumes navigate their craft down the Nerang River and out onto the Gold Coast Broadwater for a charity event raising money for the care of children with autism.
They set off at 10:00 am from Arthur Earl Park under the M1 bridge and were followed by Steven and Rita in a safety boat. The Expo Turbo 240 and Spider Spray Turbo 235 Superwedge refuelled at Florida Gardens and they finished their trip at Jasmin Street, Hollywell in time for lunch. Approximately 25km.

Report from Cle Sheck:
Cruise report for the AEIOU foundation Superhero charity run, Sunday 24th July.
It was fantastic weather with smooth waters as we arrived at Arthur Earl Park, Nerang. Cle Sheck as Spiderman was the first to arrive at around 9:00 am with his Turbo 235 Superwedge, and Ben Woodhead as Captain America arrived a short time later with the Expo Turbo 240 craft. Steve Odgaard was there as well with the support boat.
After doing all our pre flight checks and donning our costumes, we launched at 10:00 am on the dot. Unfortunately Spiderman got off to a bad start as he had trouble with right turns as soon as he left the ramp and visited the trees on the other side of the river, but after spending a minute or so untangling himself, they were both underway.

The water was smooth and the wind was calm, and we were speeding towards Paradise Point. But around 20 minutes or so into the trip, Spiderman needed to borrow someone's beach to repair some segments that were damaged in his altercation with the trees earlier. As Cle Sheck wearing a Spiderman costume parked his bright red hovercraft on a small beach in front of a house, a nice lady came out with a confused look on her face. After explaining what we were doing she was happy for the repairs to be carried out on her little beach.

A short time later we were underway again, blasting along the mighty Nerang river towards Surfers Paradise. People were lining the banks, and in boats with cameras all the way up the river. After a quick re-fuel as we came into Surfers Paradise we were off again with the finish line in sight. Spiderman stopped just short of the finish line and picked up Aven Sheck and took him across as well. As we approached Paradise Point we could see that there were hundreds of people there to welcome us in. We were met by kids and adults alike wanting to get photos and have a chat. The day was a huge success, both craft ran perfectly, weather conditions were fantastic, and we all had a great time. We finished at 11:30, but what was more important is that we managed to raise $1,274 for the AEIOU foundation, helping children with autism, and had a great time doing it. Thanks to everyone who supported us.
Cheers, Cle.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 14th August 2016.

The last club cruise had originally been planned for the Colmslie boat ramp on Sunday 14th August 2016. Unfortunately this has been closed for reconstruction from July to September so the cruise was held at Peter and Elaine Venn's place in Muriel St, Redland Bay in lieu.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6
Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge - Phoenix.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Zesty.
Dwayne Morgan Turbo Vortex 265

Dwayne Morgan test ran his Turbo 265 with Angus Kerr at the controls. Kim Allen had been working on the carburettors kindly lent to Dwayne by Dale Baxter. Quite a joint effort to see another craft in operation.

The morning cruise got away at 11:03 am lead by Angus and Lucas Kerr in the Viper 4 Cruiser followed by Les Taylor and Dieter Renisch in the Turbo 235 Superwedge 'Phoenix', and Kim and James Allen in the Turbo Wedge 240 'Zesty'. They travelled to the Jumpinpin bar, The bedrooms, and Never Fail Island, then returned via Hargreaves and Jacobs Well to return to base at 1:00 pm. 48km

The afternoon cruise included Peter Venn in the TP6 and set off at 2:57 pm. They travelled to Karragarra Island via Pannikin and Garden Islands then returned to Ivan's Haven via Long Island and the north end of the Redland Bay Channel. All 4 craft returned safely at 3:53 pm. 18km

Attendance: Peter & Elaine Venn, Steve Stephens, Rebecca Sier, Les Taylor, Dieter Renisch, Angus & Lucas Kerr, Dwayne Morgan, Kim & James Allen, Steven Odgaard & Rita Chaffey, Don & May Venn and Rob & Sue from the moored boat. Blue sky all day with mild sou-westerly breeze.

Other Local News:-
The QSH rally planning committee consists of Steven Odgaard, Dwayne Morgan, & Steve Stephens. Please contact any of us with suggestions or queries regarding the Australian Natonal Rally - 2017.

Karl Bowman has been busy with promoting the use of Air Cushion Vehicles (ACV's) for flood relief planning with local councils.
James and Karl have FINALLY received their Great Sandy Straits Marine Park (GSSMP) permits, after many protracted delays and several departmental mistakes.

QSH have been included on the Queensland Water Police emergency planning asset register, regarding possible ACV involvement in emergency exercises.

Another Cobby Cobby cleanup was held on Sunday 31st July.
Al Prestwood from Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) Coast Care again organised another cleanup at the old crabbers hut on Cobby Cobby Island, south of Russell Island (27°44'S, 153°23'E). I met the 10 other volunteers at Sandy Beach in perfect weather, and took 4 of them down the 4.5 km run while Al and another tinnie took the rest.
We collected 44 large bags full of beer bottles (estimated at 1,320 bottles), plus many trolley-loads of other junk including an old fridge, generator, bed frames, rusted steel, and sundry junk. All of it deposited above the high-tide line for the next trip by the QPWS barge, in less than 4 hours total elapsed time. Coast Care really appreciates QSH club involvement in these events, and looks forward to more craft next time.

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 -

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 18th September 2016 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Peter and Elaine will be in W.A. and Rob and Sue will be house-sitting for them, so there will be no access to the house.         Please use Les Taylor's porta dunny if needed.
Meet at 9:00 am at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel.

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 20th September 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 242 J12.

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

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary