I ran out of time to send an email last week so there’s a bit to catch up on. Two weeks ago we ran both boats out to the Dara. There were ten divers in total including Alissar who last dived so long ago that when she opened her dive bag some cockroaches came crawling out and Katy and Derbhla who were making their first dives with us. Good to see everybody! The sea was calm and the current was negligible but the viz was average at best as has often been the case this year for some reason. Still we had a good couple of dives, on the second of which we disturbed the viz still further by cutting a few nets off the wreck on the promenade deck near where the anchor had landed.
I had an email from former member Richard Hadfield:
Just a note from an old member of the club (1979 - 81) when you were at the side of Sharjah Airstrip. Great times and wonderful memories (particularly of the entries to the Raft Races and the Christmas Pantomime). Stopped diving when in Hong Kong ..... Wanchai Harbour had low viz and high level of contamination. Not the same as Fujeirah!! Enjoyed the website ...
That was a bit before my time but there may be one or two from that era who get this email and remember Richard. If that’s you let me know.
And so to last Friday. Just one boat this week, partly due to numbers (eight) but also due to the fact that the port engine on SP125 needs a bit of work, something which we aim to get sorted out soon. The target was the Ajman Glory, sunk in unknown circumstances in August 1989. The wreck was believed to exist for a number of years before finally being located and identified in 2012. The full story is in the article below, published in Outdoor UAE.
Last time we were there we left an anchor behind so we hoped we might find and recover it. In this we were unsuccessful but we had a couple of good dives nonetheless. Again the viz wasn’t wonderful and got worse on the second dive but it was snapper city down there plus there some places for penetrating the wreck with some care. After that it was back to the club at high speed for some beverages and a bite to eat poolside.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.