Last Thursday night was party night at the Blanchflower’s. To those of you who don’t know him, Peter was a stalwart of the club for a number of years, including a long stint as Chairman. Now he and Alison are retiring to the UK but first they urgently needed to reduce the contents of their fridge – we were delighted to assist. It was striking how many people had past connections to the dive club and it was good to see them – Malcolm and Yvonne, Graham and Helen, John and Dee and a number others some of whom are still seen at the Wanderers. Peter is hoping to get to the club on Tuesday 7th May hopefully with some of the other past members.
The weather prediction was not great on Friday so we postponed the diving until Saturday when it was due to be calmer. This didn’t suit everyone so it was a reduced party that set off for the Ajman Glory. The sea state was a bit lumpy but not too bad and we got out to the site in reasonable time. There was a bit of current running over the wreck but nothing too serious and the viz was reasonable although not spectacular. There was the usual family of batfish around the tangle of rigging at the stern starboard side and some jacks at the bow.
When we surfaced we discovered that the weather had taken a turn for the worse. Both the wind and the sea had got up significantly and it had started to rain. The original intention had been to go on to the Dara but we found that enthusiasm for a second dive had waned by this point and with the sea conditions deteriorating discretion seemed the better bet and we headed back to the club instead.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.