With the weather looking none too promising on Friday, we decided to plan a Saturday dive instead. This turned out to be a good move as the sea was relatively calm despite the thunderstorms the previous evening. This is not to say it was mirror smooth but we’ve been out in worse and it got better as the day wore on. Not that we were out there that long – Mike Dalton’s friend Robin, late of Kuwait Mantas, came out with us and although he wasn’t diving, he was happy to handle the boat. This gave us the luxury of going in all at once without needing two waves.
The target was the Victoria Star – being close to shore this seemed sensible in view of the uncertain weather. The viz wasn’t too bad considering the recent wind and rain but the sea isn’t showing much sign of warming up just yet. On descending there were some barracuda cruising around just off the wreck and a group of seven or eight batfish just behind the bridge where they seem to have found a home. There were also a couple of leopard rays, one near the bow being an impressive size. Some of the internal partitioning is now collapsing giving some larger spaces inside to explore. Caution is advised of course.
After a smooth ride home, we were sipping refreshments by the pool shortly after 2.45.
After an AGM commitment to get a Facebook page running, Cathy has done the needful and we are there under “Sharjah Wanderers Dive Club”. Not being a regular user of FB I’m not sure exactly how it works but expect friend requests if you haven’t already had one. Phil Ritson has already posted one of his excellent cartoons from a few years back as well as a clip of video footage from the club’s 25th anniversary which would have been around 1996. Lots more to come we hope.