January 2017
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 17th January 2017, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-

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

Other members attending were Angus Kerr, Dieter Renisch, Fallon Renisch, Larry Franks, Gunter Prischl, Arthur Stead, Dwayne Morgan, Micheal Stephenson and Les Taylor.

Welcome to visitors: Kerri Audsley and Winsome Anderson, ex commercial and community radio announcer.

Apologies: Kim Allen.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 8th January 2017.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 8th January 2017, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6
Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Ben Woodhead Turbo Vortex
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge - Phoenix.
Michael Stephenson Turbo Wedge 240 - Baffle.
Dieter Renisch Turbo Wedge 225
Karl Bowman Viper 4X
Steve Stephens Turbo Wedge 240 - No Wheel Drive.
James King Viper 5XC
Steven Odgaard Bill Baker Vehicle 2 - Static Display
Dale Baxter Mercruiser rescue boat - WQ035Q
Cle Sheck Sportsman runabout boat

Trip to Jumpinpin and Kangaroo Island with visitors from the Burnett region. Peter Venn displayed the course south and around Kangaroo Island on his GPS unit. Ben Woodhead's Turbo Wedge 240 is having a powerplant installed soon. Steven Odgaard's Billy Baker BBV2 made it's 2017 debut from under the tarp as a static display. He even fired up the sweet-running little Chapparal air-cooled 2 stroke thrust engine a couple of times which impressed us.
Dale Baxter bought his Mercruiser inboard-powered rescue boat, and Cle Sheck also towed his newly acquired Sportsman craft runabout after selling his hover a while ago. We also had 6 accompanying visitors for the day.

Baffle & Turbo 225

Viper 5XP

The Three Craft

Viper 4X

We had 32 people 10 hovercraft and 2 boats for the cruise today.
Those attending were:-
Peter Venn, Elaine Venn, Angus Kerr, Dwayne Morgan, Ben Woodhead, Narelle Woodhead, Gowan Woodhead, Calum Woodhead, Les Taylor, Carl Du, Dean Zhang, Michael Stephenson, Susan Stephenson, Ron Wallace, Dieter Renisch, Fallon Renisch, Atticus Marks, lan McLain, Casey McLain, Cody McLain, Caleb McLain, Ciam McLain, Karl Bowman, Judy Bowman, Dale Baxter, Dale Beddow, Steve Stephens, Cle Sheck, Aven Sheck, James King, Elisha King and Steven Odgaard.

Team Effort

Diver Steve

Local News:-
Les Taylor attended the Qld Recreational Boating Council meetng at Manly on Wednesday 9th November 2016. Speed restrictions near slipping sands due to increased camping, houseboat and recreational boat anchorages in the area.

Interstate News:-
AHF meeting

An AHF phone-conference meeting was held on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at Ben Woodhead's home and various interstate locations.
State delegates attending were:

Victoria - Peter Streader, Rachel Smithson and Paul Moody.
South Australia - Kevin Dixon.
Queensland - Ben Woodhead, Les Taylor, Kim Allen and Steven Odgaard.

Apologies from Bruno Davids (SA) and Buck Rogers (Dubbo NSW).

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 will be held on Sunday 12th February 2017 at the Colman Road boat ramp on the Pimpama River at Coomera.
Meet at 9:00am at the Colman Road boat ramp at the end of Colman Road for a launch into the Pimpama Rver.

UBD Reference - Map 328 J-7.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st February 2017 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