After the uncertainty I’m happy to report that we got a day off on Thursday when the wise ones managed to spot the crescent moon through the haze on Wednesday evening and declared the Eid. I suppose we could have got a dive going but it was a bit late to start organizing and personally I was glad of a lie-in. Interestingly a piece appeared in Gulf News the following day, written by an Islamic scholar, suggesting that in the 21st century there might be a more scientific way of working out when the moon is going to appear. Yes there just might. Who knows – next year we might get more than a few hours warning.
But I digress. Friday morning we were up and out as usual and we welcomed back an old friend. Soren Kjaer was last seen at the club in September 2010 since when he’s been busy raising a family. Still he remembered the way to the club and even remembered to bring most of his gear (actually all of it if you don’t count the wrong fins) which is more than could be said of the day’s marshall who turned up minus some boots. Being nine in number, we decided to squeeze into one boat rather than take both out.
The first target was the Neptune and we made good progress out there on a reasonably flat sea. After last week’s miss, this time we scored a hole in one with the anchor which disappeared into a hole it was in no danger of coming out of accidentally. The Neptune is an upside down barge that sank after a collision. It is breaking up now and part of the forward section has collapsed completely. Although this has led to the loss of a couple of nice swim-throughs, others are appearing as the metal rusts through. Overall there are more ways inside than there used to be.
The second dive was on the Jumbo, a short boat ride away. By this time the current had picked up – it was a spring tide after all – resulting in a sharp deterioration in viz. We were able to stay in the lea of the current but all the same, the dive was a bit disappointing this time around although the fish life was better on the Jumbo than the Neptune as it usually is for some reason. After that we headed home for some well deserved refreshments. Despite the poor viz on the Jumbo, it was an excellent day. Soren had a good day out and hopefully we’ll see him again before 2016. Thanks to Geoff for running the dive.
Speaking of old friends, I got a message from Michelle and Peter Wright, now living in Australia and now proud parents of a young son. I don’t even want to think when they were last here but it was a few years ago now. Attached are a couple of photos of Peter and Michelle in their 406 days and the more recent photo they have sent me. They’re off to Fiji shortly to dive the great Astrolabe reef, apparently the fourth biggest in the world. The Barrier reef must be getting a bit boring!