No boat out at the weekend because SP312’s trailer has come to the end of it’s useful life. We were aware some rust and holes appearing but it turned out that this time welding on patches will not solve the problem. The axles, springs, wheels and the winch are in good order and will be re-cycled but a new frame is being manufactured at minimum cost courtesy of former Chairman, Joff. Cheers!
Rather than cram into SP125, we went over to the east coast to dive the Inchcapes with Al Boom. This meant an early start but at least someone else has to do the hard work. The wrecks are good to do once in a while as the soft corals and the fish life are distinctly different from this side. At 32m, Inchcape 1 is the deeper of the two, restricting bottom times but the wrecks are not large anyway. The promised frogfish were not in evidence but there were a couple of large morays, some lionfish, porcupine fish, puffer fish and much else.
A lot of the fish seem quite tame compared to their west coast counterparts and didn’t seem to mind divers swimming through the shoals at close quarters. Perhaps this is familiarity with divers. The downside of diving these wrecks is that it can be like Piccadilly Circus down there. Still the viz was good and the water wasn’t too cold although the wet suit season has clearly arrived.
Inchcape 2 was more of the same although the viz wasn’t so clear, we got more bottom time at the shallower depth. There were a number of smaller morays and some scorpion fish lurking on the bottom. This was followed by burgers and steak sandwiches of epic dimensions washed down with a little decompression fluid. A good day all round.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.