Last Tuesday night we bade farewell to Jeff, our barman for the last two years who is emigrating to Canada. The (nameless) person entrusted with buying the card somehow neglected to do so (well she only had a fortnight) resulting in a last minute dash to Sahara Centre. Mercifully, Hallmark came up with a good one and the traffic was forgiving so nothing was lost. Sharon baked a cake for the occasion, Mike Dalton said a few words and there was a good turnout – Jeff will be missed! A few photos are attached.
Thanks are due to Mike Anthony and Cathy who between them organised the boat registration for SP312. The new engines meant that a fresh inspection by the coastguard needed which didn’t go entirely to plan. Firstly Mike, with his mind presumably in work mode, starting heading for the wrong port. This corrected, the boat was eventually launched and driven round to the coastguard at Mina Khalid. The gentleman inspecting the boat took one look inside and asked: “What’s all that water doing there?”. Swiftly realising the boat was a bung short, some rapid bailing started but how to replace the missing bung? After a couple of tries leaning over the side which didn’t work, there was only one thing for it: Mike stripped to his undies and got in the water. What the coastguard made of this was anyone’s guess but Mike escaped without being arrested and I expect several coastguard families got a good story over supper that evening.
I wasn’t diving at the weekend, I was playing football in the Wanderers 7-a-side. This tournament was set up to benefit the Dive Club which was a very generous gesture and we should make six or seven thousand from the day which will be a big help – thanks go Walter and the football veterans committee and SWSC manager Daniel.
Oh yes the diving. Mike took a small crew to the Victoria Star at the weekend. I don’t have a detailed report but I gather most of the remaining nets have now been cleared.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.