September 2017
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 19th September 2017, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-

Vice President:- Kim Allen
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard
Publicity Officer:- Steve Stephens

Other members attending were Les Taylor, Angus Kerr, Peter Venn, Dieter Renisch, Larry Franks.

Apologies: Michael Stephenson, Ben Woodhead, Phil Audsley, Arthur Stead, Dwayne Morgan and Herman Ferreira.

Cruise report - Nudgee Road boat ramp, Nudgee Beach - Sunday 10th September 2017.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 10th September 2017, launching from Nudgee Road boat ramp. Nudgee to Nundah Creek, Cabbage Tree Creek, Shorncliffe and Brighton.

Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Ben Woodhead Turbo XP 960
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge / Yamaha PE 485 - Phoenix.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Zesty.
Michael Stephenson Turbo Wedge 240 / Rotax 582 65hp - Baffle.
Karl Bowman Viper 4X

The craft started arriving at 8:30 am and set off at 9:25 am from Deep Water Channel at Nudgee for a 5 kilometre trip north past the Boondall wetlands to attend a VMR festival in the park at the southern end of Shorncliffe. Damien Golledge who once worked for Peter Venn in the weed spraying days was present on his Postie motor bike. Damien grew up with Stephen Venn and was introduced to the wonders of hovercraft at an early age. Damien has set about building a large craft with both dedicated lift fan and twin integrated lift systems. He has built plenty of redundancy into the pleonastic plenum chamber for a reliable air curtain. Damien lives close by at Nudgee.

Nudgee boat ramp

Baffle at Nudgee ramp

Turbo XP960 & Zesty


Phil and Kerri Audsley arrived in time to see the craft launch and then visited relatives. Ben Woodhead in a Turbo XP 960 led the fleet of 6 craft. Followed by Kim and Hayley Allen in Zesty, Les Taylor in Phoenix, Karl and Judy Bowman in the Viper 4X, Michael Stephenson and Dieter Renisch in Baffle and Angus and Cameron Kerr in the Viper 4 Cruiser. The Viper 4 Cruiser returned with over-heating issues, and soon departed for home. Five craft arrived at Shorncliffe and became part of the attraction to the pleasure of the crowds gathering at the festival. The VMR announced our presence on 2 occasions and when Ben Woodhead and Kim Allen began to answer questions from two VMR officers, on where the VMR could purchase a good quality commercial craft, a curious audience began to swell. Michael and Dieter had trouble getting their Rotax to spin at more than 75 rpm for a magneto ignition to fire and had to be content with being the "all day display". The other 4 craft set off at 10:50 am for a bay cruise north to Brighton.

Strange creatures

Shorncliffe boat ramp

QSH banner

Turbo XP 960

Steven Odgaard took Michael Stephenson back to collect his Volkswagon twin cab ute and trailer from Nudgee for an eventual 1:00 pm retrieval. The streets were very choked with spectator parking so gaining access to the boom gate was tedious. Ben, Les, Kim, Hayley and Karl returned to Shorncliffe at 11:45 am in time for some lunch at the park and then headed back to Nudgee. Karl and Judy stayed back to see that Michael Stephenson retrieved his Baffle and then set off south bound at 1:11 pm. Peter and Elaine Venn arrived at Nudgee to see the craft returning from the VMR event and Dieter Renisch was the last to leave with his Turbo Wedge 225 "Places to Go" in tow at 1:52pm. There were quite a few comments that this event was well worth our participation and enjoyed by all.

Panorama over the various displays at the VMR event on the Shorncliffe waterfront.

16 people and 7 hovercraft turned up for the day.

Interstate News:-
It is with sad news that we report the death of Dave Cropley. Dave attended the national rally at Kirkleigh Lake Somerset Qld. in July 2011 with his HV33 Revtech Renegade. He was secretary of the HCV, Victorian branch of the AHF Inc.
Paul Moody reported his passing on the AHF forum.

Other Local News:-
Safety boat to be permanently manned.
Angus Kerr offered to have more beanies made - $8 each.
Karl Bowman rang on Monday 11th September 2017 and requested that the club do everything within its available resources to assist James King with his pursuit for a relaxation of restrictions on ACVs from passing over beaches, sandbanks and mudbanks within the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park.
Steve Stephens has also addressed this issue with Peter Venn and Larry Franks. Larry has a colleague who may be able to assist with legal guidance. The club members at the meeting agreed to in-principal financial support, and a $500 limit used as guidance, but James is to provide details before each re-imbursement.
This support is to help James with his next step: appealing to the Qld Civil Administration Tribunal (QCAT) about the NPSR's lack of satisfactory performance in regard to our QLD Marine National Parks recreational hovercraft permit conditions.

Queensland State Rally:
The next next Queensland State Rally will be held at Lake Coolmunda over the 4 days: 6th to 9th of July 2018. Powered sites at the caravan park can be secured by phoning Troy or Idalia on 07 4652 4171 or 0418 665692. There will also be plenty of unpowered sites near the waters edge. Quiet generators are ok during daylight hours.
The lake has proven to be one of the most suitable hovercrafting destinations in Australia, as confirmed by the successful "Sam Waugh Memorial AHF National Rally 2017".

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 8th October 2017 at Muriel St, Redland Bay.
Meet at 9:00am at 96 Muriel St, Redland Bay for a launch into the Redland Bay Channel.

To reduce the potential for accidents, ALL operators are requested NOT to race across the concrete pad, and MUST STOP before launching down the ramp, as there is a very real possibility of a collision with other water users. The same goes when returning: ALL operators MUST STOP on the concrete pad before proceeding across the grass parking area. This will reduce the chance of collisions with our members, equipment, and visitors. YOUR cooperation is requested.

Peter has requested that all unnecessary on-water activities in front of the neighbours places should also be minimised. Please move around the corners of Lagoon Island to play.

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 17th October 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