Normal service almost resumed with the return of most people back from summer expeditions and in the mood to go diving. The target for the weekend was our old friend the Victoria Star. It was originally envisaged as a night dive and we’ll do this at some stage but, maybe because of the short notice, enthusiasm was a bit tepid this time around. With the start time restored to the traditional 8.00am, a few more names appeared on the board.
A slight problem with Cathy having mislaid her handbag the previous night meaning that she had no ID to show the coastguard. She kept a low profile in the boat and nobody noticed. The journey out was very smooth which was in accordance with the forecast but slightly surprising to me as the wind had been blowing the previous day. Still – not complaining.
We weren’t the first to reach the wreck. There was another boat with four or five guys who explained that they were a volunteer group who visited the wrecks of the UAE to clear nets and generally improve the environment for the benefit of their fellow divers. Very commendable – I’m sure the spear guns were only for self defence.
And the diving? Well the viz wasn’t the worst we’ve seen recently but it wasn’t that great either apart from a shoal of smallish jacks hovering around. Still, Mike and Brian had a good trip into the bowels of the engine room and the rest of us had various expeditions inside the wreck where the viz was better than outside provided you’re careful where you put your fins. A couple of enjoyable dives in the end.
It was good to welcome the temporary return of Apostolis. He last dived with us a couple of years ago since when he’s been out of the country but he might get in a couple more dives in the month or so that he’s around. In that time we might even get our tongues around his name. Apocalypse, Acropolis and other variants were heard, none very original I suspect.
Some pictures are attached. Brian Larkin took some video that I trust will make a good movie!
Oh and Cathy found her handbag – at home! A fine duly followed.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.