Last weekend for a change the weather seemed to be promising so we decided to have a go for the Ajman Glory which we haven’t been to for a while. It’s a nice wreck but 30km away so we tend to go elsewhere in rough seas. No such problems on Friday – the sea was like glass so we were able to open up the throttles and get there in quick time. We had company when we first arrived – a guy and his small son were fishing and kept drifting in close, requiring us to fend off at one point. They left in the end.
The Ajman Glory is in some ways the Victoria Star writ small. The shape and layout are virtually the same although it’s a bit deeper making the dives a bit shorter. Having been down a lot longer the fish life is a lot more established and varied with snappers, jacks, angelfish and others. There’s also a shoal of batfish who live in the rigging next to the bridge and we spent a few minutes among them. The idea that you can virtually shake hands with batfish is mostly untrue but as long as you stay about half a metre away, most don’t seem bothered by divers.
Multiple fines may be levied on our Chairman for variously: failing to find the anchor at the end of his dive, fraudulently claiming said anchor had been moved, surfacing with less than 50 bar, congratulating himself for surfacing so close to the boat when in fact we’d travelled 150m to pick him out of the water. In fairness these weren’t the only misdemeanours on the day. Someone I know very well nearly went over the side minus a weight belt but hey...no-one’s perfect.
We might have a bit of wreck searching to do – a few ships seem to have been colliding, catching fire and generally coming to grief over the last little while. As we’ve learnt before, newspaper reports don’t necessarily translate into new dive sites but it’s interesting all the same.
The Facebook page continues to gather friends. For the benefit of the FB unbelievers I attach the Phil Ritson cartoon which he posted. But who are these people? Anyone remember?
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.