I was in transit last Friday so thanks to Mike (again) for the following words:
With the re-registration of SP312 finally achieved - thanks Cathy - we were able to go to sea last Friday with the big boat. As it happened the sea conditions were almost dead flat and an easy run was enjoyed to the Ajman Glory. There were five of us so the first three were Mike D+Robin+Mike A. The anchor was on the main deck just forward of the bridge so that was swiftly transferred to a depth of 21.5m on what is left of the navigation bridge. We had a swim round to the bow and returned to the bridge where Mike A had a grovel and unearthed the ship's flares and an Icom radio. But sadly after more than 25 years there is little chance of these being useful again. The second pair were Dearbhla and Geoff. Nothing too exciting in the way of fish apart from some curious bat fish near the collapsed rigging and moorish idols around the bridge area.
Next we ran at almost 70kph back the 15kms to the Tek. We cleared this wreck completely of nets a while back but once again the fishermen have been busy losing their gear and it was heavily encrusted. Mike A spent his time net cutting at the bow whilst Mike D + Robin were doing similar on the roof. We cleared away quite a bit but there is much more work to be done. We have to go back to find Mike's big torch which is somewhere near to the bow perhaps under clumps of nets. There were many fish on the wreck clouds of small grey things. A cowtail ray was spotted early on near to the anchor.
And so back to the Club where a convivial session round the pool was had with much discussion regarding ‘50 shades of divers’ and to how we could get more people to join the club. Recruit more fit young men was the suggestion from Dearbhla and then the girls will follow! Currently we are seen as a club of old men - which is true unfortunately.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.