This will be a shorter than usual email as it was a shorter than usual dive. The initial target was the Ajman Glory but with the sea already lumpy, driving straight into the waves and forecast to get worse, we had a swift change of plan and went to the Dara instead.
The two Mike’s were first down the line but the sea condition was not promising. Apart from the waves on the surface, the current was howling through and the viz was extremely average to put it kindly. All the same, they did manage to get a decent dive out of it and Mike Dalton reported a large ray on the wreck.
Ian and Cathy were not so lucky. Cathy’s mask had recently become a dog’s dinner (literally) and Cathy borrowed Peter’s for the day. Unfortunately, their faces aren’t the same size (which will probably be a relief to both of them) and the mask shipped water. A leaking mask in a current and poor viz is no fun and the dive was promptly aborted. Peter didn’t even get in the water.
After a quick bounce to free the anchor, we headed back to port and an early bath. Still, there followed a not unpleasant afternoon putting the world to rights over a few jars. And after all, we still manage to dive 90% of our weekends - which is surely not a bad achievement.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.