Photographs by Cathy Terry
We had a full boat out at the weekend which was good to see with Mr Jackson volunteering his services as marshall. Before we even got to the slip we ran into Geoff and Dee Patch at the petrol station. Geoff is well known for his outdoor activities of which diving is only one. So where this week? Hiking in the Hajar mountains? White water rafting? Diving the east coast?
“Nah – Food shopping at Spinneys”
Such is the adventurous lifestyle of the modern expat.
The first objective this week was to check out some co-ordinates that Brian Lugg had come across. Less than 100m away was another target from the dredging survey that we got hold of a few years ago and it seemed worth checking both out. Both locations gave a positive signal on the echo-sounder so it looked like we might be in business. Unfortunately there was nothing much at the first site other a field of debris and the second was the remains of a dhow with a few tyres scattered around. Nothing that you’d want to go back to although the signal did look a bit stronger than that – maybe worth another look if we find ourselves in the same vicinity again.
Target 2 was the Jumbo which has been good recently and to save a bit of time we set off slowly whilst the first wave of divers de-kitted and sorted themselves out. The only flaw in this cunning plan was that the boat driver (whose name somehow escapes me) had overlooked the fact that the anchor was still under water attached to a buoy and now receding into the distance. Once this was spotted we did a swift U-turn to eventually reclaim our property before heading for the Jumbo at the second time of asking. The Jumbo was again very good with excellent viz and some nice fishes – batfish, barracuda, jacks and snappers. After which back to the club for some refreshments.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.