Our treasurer volunteered to marshal the dive last Friday and no-one was about to talk him out of it. Peter elected to make a trip to the Victoria Star and with Janette bringing some of her students along, we had two full boats which was good to see. Mike A towed SP125 with his brand new tow-hook and I took SP312. We fuelled up the boats on the way at which point I could have fuelled up the Discovery as well if I’d thought about it or noticed the needle was getting low. But I didn’t do either which was to have predictable consequences later. For now though, all was serene as we launched the boats and headed out to sea.
The Vic Star is only about 12km off-shore meaning at on a flat sea, you reach it in 15 minutes or so. The weather forecast was telling us to expect 2cm waves which seemed a bit unlikely but it wasn’t much more – to start with at least – and the current was minimal. Ideal conditions in other words. Since it went down last July, the wreck has been slowly gaining more fish life and on Friday we found something resembling an aquarium.
The first thing we noticed was that it was barracuda city, particularly on the bow (where we’d anchored), and at the stern. There were also shoals of jacks and numerous batfish, one of which was very friendly and took a liking to Brian’s fin. On the seabed were three or four leopard rays mostly minding their own business although one gave Peter a fright when he got a bit closer than the ray was comfortable with. We did the second dive on the same site – there didn’t seem much point in moving – and although the sea had picked up a bit and the viz had deteriorated slightly it was still an excellent dive. Peter has put together a video of the day, a low-res edited version of which can be seen above.
Did I mention fuel? The Disco must have been running on fumes by the time we set off for home and this proved insufficient to get back to the club. However a quick taxi ride to the nearest Adnoc sorted out the problem and it did at least give the Dive Marshal / Treasurer an excuse to impose a fine. As if he needed one!
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.