A bit late this week I know but I’ve been a bit busy – better late than never anyway!
We started off with nine divers but drop-outs reduced this to five by the time we set off. This doesn’t please the Treasurer very much (hi PJ!) but it does make for plenty of room on the boat. Before we left the harbour, there was a bit of excitement when the boat driver who shall be nameless, took a wrong turn and got some mooring ropes wrapped around the prop – what was she thinking? Davidson was the hero who took the plunge to sort out the problem.
The original target was the Neptune to be followed by the Jumbo but as we headed out into an increasing sea state this didn’t such a good idea. Karen’s Dhow used to be the fallback position in these circumstances but these days the Victoria Star is even closer.
At the time we changed plan, the Vic Star was only 2km away so we were soon anchoring the wreck, scoring a direct hit straight into the forward hold. The viz was rather better than we’ve seen it of late which was good, particularly behind the bridge where most of the fish life seems to congregate. There are jacks, snappers, a family of batfish as well as a couple of small groupers that are elusive but occasionally seen. We also had a good look around inside the accommodation deck where the internal partitions continue to collapse.
By the time we headed back, the sea had calmed down, suggesting we could have got to the Neptune had we persevered but hindsight is a wonderful thing. The five were: Ian, Cathy, Mike Dalton, Volker and Davidson. Mike and Sharon from Kuwait Mantas were unfortunately not able to join us on the dive but did join us at the club afterwards.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.