January 2018
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 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 Angus Kerr, Dieter Renisch, Cle Sheck, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Dwayne Morgan and Les Taylor.

Welcome to visitors: Kerri Audsley and Caroline Hunter.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 14th January 2018.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 14th January 2018, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn and cruising from Redland Bay Channel to Coochiemudlo Island.
37 deg C., NNW wind turning to 32 deg C with a stiff 21 kph SSE Breeze

Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Revtech Renegade powered by 20hp Honda
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.
Dieter Renisch Turbo Wedge 225 - Places to Go
Larry Franks Universal UH18-SPW - The Norm.
Steven Odgaard Bill Baker Vehicle 2 - Static Display

Peter Venn lead the pack in his latest acquisition Revtech Renegade RM043Q, followed by Ben Woodhead and Neil Budworth in the Turbo XP 960 at 9:50 am, then Angus and Cameron Kerr in the Viper 4 Cruiser, Les Taylor in the Phoenix, Larry Franks and Douglas Barrenger in the Norm UH18SPW, followed up by Kim Allen and lan Lind in Zesty.

Ben and Neil blew a head gasket on the Suzuki G10 1 Litre engine and so Ben travelled back to base with Angus and Cameron in the Viper 4 Cruiser and Peter Venn travelled back at a cracking pace with a water police escort who were unable to travel over shallows. Peter was cautioned back at the pontoon about speeding near a moored sailing boat near the Muriel Street boat ramp and requested to turn on his amber flashing light.


Places to Go

Revtech Renegade

The Norm

Neil Budworth stayed with the disabled Turbo XP 960 on the beach at Coochiemudlo Island and so did Kim, lan and Les. Angus and Cameron were despatched in the rescue boat Quintrex Fish Raider with 50hp Yamaha at 11:16 am and Lucas Kerr and Kirra followed in the Viper 4 Cruiser at 11:22 am. The President's stricken hovercraft was towed back to Victoria Point where Ben Woodhead was able to retrieve it with his campervan and trailer at about midday.
A jetskier was rescued by hovercraft near the Coochiemudlo beach after his V sheet was ignored by several other boats. All returned to base in time for lunch by 12:47 pm.

Viper 4 Cruiser


Safety boat

Ben returns

We had 21 people, 8 hovercraft and 2 boats for the cruise today.
Others in attendance:-
Elaine Venn, Arthur Stead, Judy Stead, Michael Stephenson, Susan Stephenson, Dieter Renisch with 'Places to Go' Turbo Wedge 225, Falon Renisch, Max Thomas with a Zodiac 3.5hp Johnson and Steven Odgaard with a Bill Baker 2.

QPWS news:-
QPWS has been reshuffled within the former Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) and Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), and will now become the Department of Environment and Science. See their website for more details.
While you are there, have a good look around if you have a few hours to spare.

Queensland State Rally:
The 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 11th February 2018 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 February 2018 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