It was another trip to the Dara last Friday. We didn’t mean to go there three weeks running but Geoff wanted a swift getaway so couldn’t manage one of our longer trips. In practice this meant either the Dara or the Victoria Star, both close to shore and both dived a lot recently. In the time-honoured fashion a coin went into the air (“jugs or dirhams?”) and came down Dara side up.
The trip out was reasonably calm and the anchor went securely into the wreck just above the cathedral. Compared to recent experience, the viz wasn’t as good as two weeks ago but much better than last week and the current was minimal. This made for a much better experience. What seems to be the resident turtle came up for a couple of gulps of air while we were on the boat and one or two lucky divers saw it under water as well.
Me and Cathy decided we were going to do a bit of net cutting which meant we didn’t see a lot of the wreck other than our chosen spot though we did have a tour of the cathedral on the way back to the anchor. Net cutting tends to disturb a lot of sediment producing poor viz in the vicinity but plenty of fish who ignore the divers in pursuit of an easy snack. It will take plenty more dives to make a significant difference overall but we left our little patch significantly cleaner.
And so back to the club for a 4th July glass or two – happy Independence Day!
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.