This is a bit later than normal but better late than never. Last Friday was a bit normal compared to some recent dives but none the worse for that. We intended to dive the Ajman Glory and the Dara in anticipation of a couple of guests from the UK. The guests couldn’t make it in the end but we decided to stick to the original plan – except that we didn’t quite.
As with last week, it took a while to get past the coastguards. It seems there’s a general crackdown going on for some reason. Again they wanted to see an ID from someone working for the Sharjah Wanderers who are nominal owners of the boats. To get around this you need a letter of authorization either English and Arabic or Arabic only that specifically names at least one person on the boat. One should be ready for next week.
The Ajman Glory was our first target and with a calm sea we got out there quickly. The current was running a bit but not too bad and the viz was reasonable. A shoal of barracuda tracked our progress down the line and once on the wreck there was the usual abundance of jacks and snappers as well as a lot of nudibranches for those looking carefully at the small stuff. No sign of the turtle this week though.
We would have moved to the Dara at this point but Peter discovered that his new dive watch had done a backward roll off his wrist at some point early into his dive. We changed plans and stayed where we were to try and find it. The effort was unfortunately unsuccessful but it was a good dive helped by the fact that we must have hit slack as the current died away to nothing.
The journey back took a while as the sea state had picked up but we got there in the end. It was nice to have a full boat and some new members diving with us. Welcome Chris, Polly and Ronan.
Thanks are due to the Wanderers for our nice new blockwork, waterproofed and tiled equipment cleaning tank. The blue plastic drum can now be consigned to history (and not before time).
As well as new members we also saw an old one this week. Last night former club member (1985 – 1991) and one-time treasurer, John Finlay, turned up at the club with his daughter, Maria, who is looking for a job in the UAE. If she finds one, we might be seeing a bit more of them.
Images below courtesy Peter, Polly and Derek: