June 2017
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 20th June 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 Les Taylor, Arthur Stead, Dieter Renisch, Gunter Prischl, Dwayne Morgan, Angus Kerr, Peter Venn and Michael Stephenson.

Welcome to visitor: Winsome Anderson, ex commercial and community radio announcer.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 18th June 2017.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 18th June 2017, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn, cruising from Redland Bay Passage to Jumpinpin and Jacobs Well.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Turbo TP6 powered by Subaru EA81
Expo Turbo 240
Hoverjet powered by Rowena 2 stroke
Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Ben Woodhead Turbo XP 960
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge - Phoenix.
Michael Stephenson Turbo Wedge 240 - Baffle.
Dieter Renisch Turbo Wedge 225 - Places to Go.
Karl Bowman Viper 4X
James King Viper 5XC
Dwayne Morgan Revtech Rocket - currently being rejuvenated.

James King in a Viper 5XC, Karl Bowman in a Viper 4X, Angus and Lucas Kerr in a Viper 4 Cruiser, Ben and Calum Woodhead in the Turbo XP 960, Les Taylor in a Turbo 235 Superwedge "Phoenix", Peter Venn and lan Lind in the Turbo TP6, Dieter Renisch and Jean Smith in a Turbo Wedge 225 "Places to Go" and Michael Stephenson with Steven Odgaard in the Turbo Wedge 240 "Baffle", set off on the morning cruise at 10:20 am and ventured south and east to the Bedrooms near Jumpinpin Bar. Dieter and Jean ran out of fuel near the western entrance to Duck Creek and near Short Island and after transferring fuel from Peter Venn decided to head back the way they came via Cobby Cobby Island and Russell Island.

Overhead view

Marshalling area

Redland Bay Channel

Redland Bay Channel

Michael and Steven kept going and caught up with Angus, Lucas, Ben, Calum, Les, James and Karl on South Stradbroke Island. They set off south then rounded Kangaroo Island and headed west to Jacobs Well then north past Rudy Maas, Steiglitz and Cabbage Tree Point to return to Muriel Street by 11:30am. Michael Stephenson and Steven Odgaard fell behind and ventured too far south. They stretched their legs at Tipplers then returned to base via Jacobs Well. At Dinner Island they surfed on the wake of a large motor launch for about 1 kilometre until the 6 knot zone.

Les and Peter


Three craft

Logan River

James King and Karl Bowman set off again after lunch at 12:45 pm followed by Angus Kerr and Les Taylor. Dieter had a bit of trouble with the Robin in the Turbo Wedge 225. Peter took the small Hoverjet for a spin and Peter Venn and lan Lind were the last ones in for the evening with lan receiving some training north of Ivan's Haven and Lagoon Island in the Expo Turbo Wedge 240 at 3:45pm.

Turbo TP6

Karl and James

Karl and James

Karl and James

Angus said he and Ann are now officially known as trailer trash and camped overnight in their Toyota Coaster. lan Lind paid his club membership for a 2nd year, Dieter Renisch returned a tax invoice with paid signed off for $350 for a club banner and James King received a cheque from Phil Audsley as reimbursement for his expenditure on "freedom of information" information. Elisha King and Dianne King recently viewed ultra sound scans of the first for a new family. Dillon and Amelia visited with their baby boy named Hunter. Narelle Woodhead brought Gowan after his morning soccer match.


Lift system

Thrust system

Karl Bowman

Lee, Kerri and Mia Corcoran visited Elaine Venn and came to watch the hovercraft. Kim and James Allen came for the morning and Dwayne Morgan stayed longer than anticipated. Arthur took some great video clips at head height and up to 120 metres with his quad copter. Judy Stead, Rita Chaffey, Judy Bowman, Dianne King and Kerri Audsley relaxed at the Elaine Venn beach house diner. The wind picked up to 13km/hr in a Southerly breeze and the rain stayed away.
10 hovercraft and a 4.5m Quintrex Safety Boat with 50hp Yamaha 31 people.

Interstate News:-
AHF meeting

An AHF meeting to discuss the national rally was held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 7:00 pm at Ben Woodhead's place and on Skype.
State delegates attending were:

Victoria - Peter Streader, Rachel Smithson, Ron Marshall and Paul Moody.
Queensland - Ben Woodhead and Steven Odgaard.
Western Australia - Jeremy Ludlow.
Regional Club - Buck Rogers.

Discussed interstate attendees, registrations and perpetual trophy nominations. Check rally reports for past recipients of the perpetual trophy. Ron to contact Reece.
Ben Woodhead may open and hand over to Peter Streader for tribute to Sam Waugh. Peter Streader will contact Rob Waugh.
Jeremy Ludlow travelling from WA in a camper van.
Slalom event team relay.
Buck offered his place as a stop over for Victorian travellers on Wednesday. Buck will bring firewood for camping in his Buck-e-bago.
Rachel is looking forward to the female events.
Les Taylor will be scrutineering craft as they arrive on Friday.
Dwayne Morgan has prepared a management plan and risk analysis.

Next club cruise:-
Australian National Rally:
The next club cruise will be the Australian National Rally to 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

Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th July 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