The numbers were a bit down at the weekend compared to the giddy heights of the previous weekend. Still six in the boat makes for a comfortable trip particularly if the sea state is relatively benign as was the case on Friday. We welcomed another new diver and soon to be new member – Andrej Krnetic from Croatia. Andrej may have set a club record for the most unpronounceable surname.
We decided to go to the Neptune and Jumbo on the basis that we hadn’t been for a while, we needed a break from the Dara and Victoria Star and that the sea conditions looked favourable. Having spent so much time on nearby wrecks recently, it seemed a long way out although we used to make the trip regularly and will again.
The Neptune is a big barge that foundered after a collision. There are a few routes inside and through the wreck, for the most part unthreatening provided care is taken. The mid-section has started to collapse taking with it a nice swim-through that existed until a couple of years ago but the same process has opened up new areas so it’s still a good dive. The viz was not exactly stunning but was still a big improvement over a week ago. There were plenty of snappers down there and a shoal of jacks. We also spotted some batfish and a couple of small groupers.
The second dive was the Jumbo which is only about ten minutes away and is actually closer to the Neptune buoy than the Neptune itself is. The Jumbo is a 50m cargo vessel, known about but location lost for a number of years until rediscovered as an obstruction on a pre-dredge survey. It’s fairly broken up but the stern is recognisable although the bridge has tipped over. There is a large prop which looks good although one of the blades is twisted. From the cargo holds forward there are a couple of nice swim-throughs with no danger of getting lost. After that it was back to the club for some refreshments.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.