This time last week the prospect of diving on Friday was looking a bit uncertain to say the least. The size of the breakers crashing into the beach didn’t inspire much confidence in a calm weekend. We shouldn’t have been so pessimistic. Come Friday the sea had come down to such an extent that it was almost mirror smooth. Our exit from the club was again delayed by a couple of flat batteries but this resolved, we headed down to Al Khan and out to sea. The target was the Victoria Star and the mission was to relocate Mike’s new torch which he had mislaid on the wreck two weeks ago.
The journey was a short one on a flat sea and the anchor went into the cargo hold at the first time of asking. It wasn’t long before we had company – a boat from DIMC came shortly afterwards and having checked we were on the wreck, tied on behind us.
Mike and Cathy were the first down the line and having shifted the anchor to the bridge, they then went torch hunting. Murphy must have been having a day off as the torch was quickly discovered, none the worse for two weeks underwater. Result! They spent the rest of the dive net cutting. Peter and I followed behind. With the torch found and consequently nothing to search for we did a tour of the ship. The fish life was a bit sparse compared to what it has been but there was a shoal of barracuda on the port side including a real granddaddy that I came face-to-face with as I emerged from the accommodation deck. We also did some net cutting so the wreck is now reasonably clear, at least until the fisherman pay it another visit.
On the second dive, we gave Connie her first wreck dive. This was necessarily relatively shallow but she enjoyed it all the same. We did a couple of circuits of the accommodation decks and took her twice through the bridge before returning to the boat. After that it was back to the club for some welcome refreshments.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.