May 2017
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-

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

Other members attending were Dieter Renisch, Arthur Stead, Peter Venn, Angus Kerr and Les Taylor.

Cruise report - Moogerah Dam near Aratula - Sunday 7th May 2017.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 7th May 2017 at Moogerah Dam near Aratula.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6
Ben Woodhead Turbo XP960
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge - Phoenix.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Zesty.
Larry Franks UH18-SPW - The Norm.
Steven Odgaard Expo Turbo 240 - original "World Expo 88" craft
Dale Baxter Commodore V6 powered airboat - Passing Wind.

Peter and Elaine set off in their campervan with the TP6 in tow along the Logan Motorway at 7:00am on Friday morning. Steven Odgaard was following them for some of the way, but he was heading to work through peak hour traffic. Dale Baxter camped in his 1984 HJ47 Toyota Landcruiser and friends Kath and Rhys Machen came along to see his airboat in action. Les Taylor had the Phoenix running in fine form and Kim Allen camped for the weekend with Hayley and James. They had Zesty equipped with rudders and elevator, however these paled in insignificance compared to the Norm which had the Wig kit tail plane assembly fitted for manoeuvring practice by Larry and Kay Franks. The Norm is a Universal model UH18SPW. Ben Woodhead also spent a relaxing weekend with his family Narelle, Gowan, and Calum and the Turbo XP 960. Steven Odgaard borrowed the original "World Expo 88" Expo Turbo, and Winsome Anderson and Kevin King called in on Sunday at lunch time with their caravan. Winsome is getting to know the club members and is preparing her notes for the public address work at the national rally in July.

Kay Franks

Les Taylor

Dale Baxter

Canyon Gorge

Thanks to Les Taylor for his preparation of the Zig-Zag slalom with not one chicane, but two. The reluctant recreational day cruisers soon forgot their mild mannered Clark Kent demeanour, and lined up to show off their motor sport skills in their slick competitive craft.

9:30am Slalom.
Ben Woodhead - your president and superhero unmasked at just 38.33 seconds.
Gowan Woodhead - the protege at an amazing 40.88 seconds.
Les Taylor - your scrutineer and race fixer at just 36.83 with a contentious penalty 41.8s.
Steven Odgaard - your secretary with an historic 41.69 clean seconds.
Peter Venn - King of the cruisers with a crowning - can you believe it? - 52.4 seconds.
Dale Baxter - Minister for passing wind in the awesome airboat - 53.8 seconds.

  What a sport ladies and gentlemen.
I give you - your president Ben Woodhead, the talented and highly competitive winner.

I think we have a team. Imagine having Passing Wind in the team.
How to swamp your opponent during a tight turn with a quick puff of wind and spray at 20 paces.

Turbo TP6



Canyon Gorge

Lake Moogerah
Lake Moogerah - May
We cruised the perimeter of the lake from 10:00 am till 11:30 am.
Lunch around the camp fire, and then another cruise to the canyon gorge with Kevin King and Winsome Anderson. The lake was 100 percent full with the water lapping at the spillway. The surface area was at its maximum and allowed for some interesting cruises to the extremities of the coves and dead tree forests which presented no barrier as navigable water extended well beyond their usually impenetrable mass of twisted roots and logs.
We packed up at 3:00 pm and hit the long road home at 3:30.

Local News:-
Name Change for the Club

To Les Taylor and Steve Stephens
Cc Larry Franks Ben Woodhead Kim Allen
Thursday, 27th April 2017

Hello Les,
Changing the name of a young club would be a good and reasonable idea with little consequence, however changing the name of a club 3 decades old and with a name that is the 2nd oldest (behind the South Australian Club) should only be attempted if a very strong case is presented.
I know you are busy with scrutiny preparations for the national rally however for the people who were not at this meeting, I wonder if you would like to have a go at writing a case in point for either the proponent case or the opponent case or perhaps both if you can handle an even conviction.

Example for:-
A semi-government body uses the term recreational boating so we should be seen to be politically homogenous with the recreational boating community.

Example against:-
A club has organised activities and these are technically classed as sport. People go to watch sport. People don't go to watch other people doing recreation.

Few referenda would be complete without a full case in point presented upon which the masses may base their good judgement.

kind regards
Steven Odgaard
Club secretary

Rally Competitor Profile:-
Winsome Anderson will be doing the Australian National Rally commentary at Lake Coolmunda in July and would like all rally competitors to submit their profile asap so that spectators and competitors have some interesting information-flow during the weekend.
Ths should include your name and background, craft details including model, registration, name, colors, engine, power, history, etc.
Please put yours together and e-mail it to  NOW.
Example Rally Competitor Profile

QPWS meeting:-
A meeting with QPWS officials was organised by James King for 27/04/17 at the department's offices in 400 George St., Brisbane. It was attended by James, Karl Bowman, Steve Stephens, Geoff Clare (Senior Executive Director, Park Services, NPSR), Sybil Smith (Principal Policy Officer-Business Reform, NPSR), Lara Connell (Acting Manager, Assessments and Approvals, NPSR), & Tracy O'Bryan (Executive Director, Permissions Management, NPSR).
The main reason for the meeting was to sort out the ambiguities between James, Elisha, and Karl's permits regarding the Code of Practise, Zoning Plans, and the many other related regulations. Although much discussion took place and follow-up actions were agreed, very little improvement was negotiated, except for the department finally agreeing that the $20M Public Liability Insurance requirements could be reduced to $10M, with strings attached. I have since submitted a template application for this reduction which is currently being processed. If this is successful, full details will be distributed to all financial QSH members.

QRBC report:-
We are affiliated with the Qld Recreational Boating Council which consists of delegates from most of the clubs, marinas, and government authorities involved with Qld waterways use and regulations. Items of interest from last week's meeting were: The first whales have already been sighted for this seasons migration through Qld waters, and are expected back in Moreton Bay, so be aware of the regulations regarding safe distances and speeds.
MSQ (Maritime Services Qld) is now promoting a major culture-change with regard to wearing life-jackets while on the water, as recent fatalities have highlighted the need to adopt the habit of “Putting it on at the ramp”, rather than stowing “until it is needed”. This needs to be led by example, so that it becomes ingrained in young boaties and avoid the increasing number of reported boating incidents.
The Moreton Bay Boat Club recently put 20 young sailors in the water, then threw lifevests to them. Only 1 out of the 20 managed to get it on in the water, and was almost exhausted. The other 19 kids failed badly. Some of the “Cheap Charlie” life-vests have been failing on first use and are being investigated. Put your jacket on right now to check it!

Interstate News:-
AHF meeting

There will be an AHF meeting to discuss the National Rally on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 7:00pm.
This meeting will be held at at Ben Woodhead's place for the Qld Division and on skype for the other states.
Paul Moody asked for more text input into the forum to secure reader interest.
Hovercraft Club Of Victoria re-location at Lake Narracan to the North Shore.

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 -

News article from the MacIntyre Gazette

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 18th June 2017 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Meet at 9:00am at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel.

UBD Reference - Map 267 B-9.
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 June 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. This will be the last meeting before the National rally, so we will be concentrating on last-minute items.

View Meeting Agenda

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


DATE: Tuesday 20th June 2017
TIME: 7:30pm
VENUE: Coopers Plains Library at 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains


  •   Chairman’s Opening remarks
  •   Apologies
  •   Mail Inwards and Outwards
  •   Treasurer's Report
  •   Confirmation of Minutes
  •   Cruise Report - Muriel St.
  •   Australian National Rally preparations
      This will be the last meeting before the National rally so things need to be finalised.
  •   Lanyard ID tags being purchased
  •   QSH name-change
  •   Progress with the QPWS department's offer to reduce our Public Liability
      Insurance requirement from $20M to $10M
  •   Qld Recreational Boating Council news
  •   AV2018 Hovercraft Day (Saturday 6th January 2018)
  •   Any other matters which are notified to the secretary prior to the meeting
  •   Date and Location of the next cruise
  •   General Discussion

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary

Here is an example of a Rally Competitor Profile:-

Competitor: Steve Stephens (Qld Sporting Hovercraft club publicity officer)

Craft: "No Wheel Drive" is a Turbo Super Wedge 240 fibreglass 3 seater. (blue with black duct. Registration XC943Q), running a Yamaha PE485 250cc, 50 horsepower, air-cooled 2 stroke snowmobile engine with 9 by 4Z blades in an 840mm duct.

Comments: Steve uses his hovercraft mainly for diving around the Southern Moreton Bay Islands in South East Queensland. It's a great diving platform and can handle a reasonable amount of chop in sheltered waters, but like all small hovercraft, it can't take much wind.

More waffle: Steve is the publicity officer for the Queensland Sporting Hovercraft club which is based in Brisbane but has about 30 members spread across Australia. If you are interested in hovercraft, come over and talk with any of the owners.
You can also visit the club's website at for more information.


















The next Australian National Rally will be held at Lake Coolmunda on 8-9th July 2017.
This bi-annual rally is hosted by different clubs on behalf of the Australian Hovercraft Federation and this year the Queensland Sporting Hovercraft club which is based in Brisbane, are getting ready for a great weekend of hovercraft action.
More than 45 people have registered for the event so far, including several inter-state competitors. Many of them came to Lake Coolmunda for last year's QSH hosted State Rally and had a ball during the cruises, races, slalom course, cork scrambles, and other novelty events.
The 2016 State Hovercraft Rally donated $100.00 to the local State Emergency Service in appreciation for them attending with three floodboats with crews from around the region. Bennetts Buses were also hired
to take more than 20 people to the Inglewood Bowls Club for the Saturday night dinner.
Other local businesses also benefitted from supplying accommodation, food, drinks, fuel, gifts and spare parts during last year's rally. This year promises at least double the number of people.
We are very happy with the support of the Goondiwindi Regional Council, particularly Mayor Greame Scheu, CEO Carl Manton, and Community Development and Events Co-ordinator Megan Long, who all attended last year, presented prizes, promoted the great new facilities at Lake Coolmunda, and learned about hovercraft before being taken for a quick blast around the lake in a fully enclosed 18ft hovercraft.
The managers of the Lake Coolmunda Caravan Park, Troy and Idalia have been supportive of both rallies, even to the point of trying to produce his delicious
wood-fired pizzas faster than the hordes who devoured them during the prize giving at the bark hut.
We are planning some half-day bus trips for non competitors to visit local attractions, possibly including the lavendar farm, museum, Sporting Shooters range, and a progressive brunch in Inglewood, if there is enough support.
Our club newsletters appear on the web and encourage rally competitors to spend time touring the region before returning to their homes across Australia. Local businesses are also promoted on our club's websites: and
If your local business would like to become involved, please contact Steve, QSH publicity officer. Steve's contact details can be found on our Classifieds page under Public Notices.
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