After last weekend’s trip to foreign parts we were back on local turf on Friday – a trip back to the Ajman Glory. SP 125 was back in action with its trailer repaired (thanks Mike!) which was just as well because numbers were again healthy. SP 312 and its trailer have also had a bit of gentle TLC and now have a new winch and U-bolt, a new GPS and most importantly, a new bungee cord to keep the ladder secure when moving.
A group of eleven became ten on the way to the slip at Hamriyah when Derek’s car went on strike. Volker, his passenger jumped on board with John but Derek understandably stayed behind to sort the problem out.
The sea was flat calm and we made good time but unfortunately we didn’t hit the wreck first time and there was next to no current to give us an indication whether we’d hooked or not. This resulted in the first divers down getting a good view of sand but little else. Second time around we got the anchor into the wreck and we were able to go exploring. The viz was extremely average but at least the sea is warm on this side compared the water temperatures on the east coast last weekend.
The sea life wasn’t especially abundant compared to usual but there was a large shoal of jacks swimming around and the usual snappers. The batfish that used to hang around the rigging seem to be on vacation. We decided to do a second dive on the AG rather than move elsewhere thus enabling Brian and Rob to go fossicking.
After that it was back to the club for some refreshment and a meet up with PJ who had dipped out this week. Given the poor viz, I don’t think a video would have worked very well.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.