The Vic Star was again our destination for last weekend - a decision I wasn’t party to having missed last Tuesday at the club. When we got there we were not alone. The vessel we saw last week was still there – the MV Baghdad from Aqaba – presumably still oblivious to the fact that they’re anchored only 100m from a major hazard to shipping. There was also a small inflatable with no-one on board but there were a couple of heads bobbing in the water 50m away. The man and his wife were not it turned out in need of assistance and they weren’t very pleased to see us. He muttered a few words about his wife’s privacy and they finned over to their boat where she climbed out in full abaya and swiftly wrapped a scarf around her head. The whole thing was slightly farcical and it was hard to avoid thinking that if privacy is this lady’s ultimate concern then she’s surely picked the wrong pastime.
And on with the diving. Compared to a couple of weeks ago, the number of barracuda seems to have reduced but they’re still there mainly around the stern, as are the jacks and the batfish. There was a solitary leopard ray on the sand near the prop and Mike spotted an eagle ray as he was swimming around the bridge. The sea was a bit choppy but not that bad and the current was minimal. It was also the opening of the “boiler suit season”. In other words it’s time to put my wet suit away until December for diving on this coast at least. That said it was still a bit chilly at 22m and not everyone will be consigning the neoprene to the back of the cupboard just yet. The wreck yielded a depth-sounding weight and attached rope which will make an excellent shot-line.
It was a turn-out (and consequential income) to gladden the heart of our treasurer – nine divers in total boosted by the welcome return of Sami and John Kyriakos.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.