No diving at the weekend, mainly because a combination of a birthday brunch and a family visit ruled out all the available boat drivers. The weather wasn’t too promising either although DSDC managed to get out to the Neptune in lumpy seas. At least it stayed dry offshore if that makes any sense. “Dry” land was subjected to some epic thunderstorms through the day which is not normal for June. In fact, the weather had been a bit strange all week. The photo below is the Oceanic Hotel in Khor Fakkan. The poor sods in the foreground are vainly trying to keep sea water out of the swimming pool.
I had an email from former member, Soren Kjaer, last week. He was mainly responding to the news of Sergey Yurchenko’s death which shocked him as much as it did the rest of us. Soren related a marvelous anecdote about a night out he had with Sergey when visiting him in KSA, which regrettably I can’t print in this email. Suffice it to say that it involved the copious consumption of certain beverages that wouldn’t meet the full approval of the Saudi authorities. We’ll draw the veil at that point.
He goes on to say:
Similar discretion must be given to the following story concerning a diver we shall call “B”, who made a visit to a local dive centre we shall call “X”.
X: This is your dive guide [pointing to a young male]
B: Do I have to?
B: [to guide] OK – how many dives have you done here?
Guide: Not many – I arrived last week in the UAE.
B: [unreported remark]
10 minutes into the dive, DSMB deployed to safely surface to relocate the lost instructor… he was found on the surface holding on to his DSMB.
There’s a bit more after that but again, draw the veil.
A message from DSDC:
With the success of the one-day dhows we are looking to see if a two-day dhow would be possible again. This would not be every month but if popular maybe we could run one a couple of times a year. A dhow is great way to experience the Musandam and is a great staycation
We have booked a Dhow with Al Marsa departing Thurs 5th Sept returning Saturday 7th Sept
The dhow configuration is as follows.
Red Dhow 76ft:
Ø 5 Standard double cabins (2 cabins sharing 1 bathroom)
Ø 1 Standard single cabin
Ø 2 En-suite cabins (private bathroom)
Ø Maximum amount of passengers for live aboard trips: 15
(All bathrooms include a toilet sink and wet-room style shower)
Price per person, payable in advance is
- Non Diver 1,010 AED
- Diver 1,140 AED
Spaces and cabins will be allocated on a first come first reserved basis there will be no blocking of spaces so everyone has a chance to get on board.
This booking is only open to club members, sister club members and immediate family if we do not fill the spaces we will open it to a wider audience.
If anyone is interested, please let me know. Two spaces are still left, I believe.
DAN insurance website: https://www.daneurope.org/home
The Dive Club meets every Tuesday night in the Dive Bar.
See you there!
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.