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2018 Great Canadian Hover Rally in southwest Saskatchewan, Aug. 3-6, 2018

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The Canadian Rescue Hovercraft Pilots Association (CRHPA) hosted the 2018 Great Canadian Hover Rally in southwest Saskatchewan during the August long weekend. Four hovercraft and an amphibious all-terrain vehicle were on display at Riverside Park in Swift Current, Aug. 3. A public demonstration event took place at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on Aug. 4, where people could take a close look at these vehicles and see them in action. The rally provided an opportunity for hovercraft owners to get together and to also talk to others about air-cushion vehicles. Members of the CRHPA’s Amphibious Response Support Unit No. 1 (ARSU1), which is based in Regina, were present during the weekend to talk about water safety. The four hovercraft at the event ranged from a home-built craft to a luxury hovercraft imported from Russia. Rob Hoban of Vancouver Island Hovercraft in Ladysmith, B.C., attended the event with his Sevtec Surveyor hovercraft and the CRHPA’s ARSU1 brought their Canadian-built AR45 hovercraft. Delroy Fauth of Amphibious Crafts Enterprises in North Battleford brought a Russian-built Christy hovercraft, the first one imported to Canada. Bill and Marie Cookshaw from De Winton, Alberta, attended the Great Canadian Hover Rally in their home-built UH-14P hovercraft. Bill built the craft for less than $5,000 over a period of two-and-a-half years, spending about 300 hours. The composite hull is made from foam, plywood and fibreglass and it has a 30 horsepower Brigss & Stratton engine. Representatives from SHERP Canada attended the first two days of the event with the SHERP amphibious all-terrain vehicle. It has a fully sealed body and the large tubeless tires enable it to reach a water speed of up to six kilometres per hour.



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Matthew Liebenberg