This time last year, eight intrepid divers got ready to make their way down to the Dorset coast, to a small fishing village called West Bay (site of the TV series Broadchurch). The plan was to dive some of the well-known reefs in the area, searching for pink sea fans, and the elusive sunset cup coral. Sadly, the weather gods were not with us and the trip was cancelled, so we found ourselves preparing once again for a second attempt this year.
It was a very hot & sunny Friday afternoon when we left Putney to drive the 4-5 hours to Plymouth – sadly that was the last we would see of the good weather. Thunderstorms & epic lightning kept some of us awake on Friday night, but we all made it down to the boat after breakfast on Saturday morning. We were joined by Jules from Clifton BSAC on the Aquanaut boat ‘Outcast’ skippered by Dougie.
….. So let’s start with a question – why would 4 of our members agree to suffer spending a day in 3 different planes flying across the globe, in addition spending another day sailing in not so calm ocean? – well this time the “Darwin and Wolf” is the right answer. Yes we (Iris, Leszek, Tim and me – Michal) fulfil our-self (yet another) diving dream and went for a trip to these northern / remote islands of Galapagos group… so what have we seen ….
Continue reading Galapagos – May 2017
They say the early bird catches the worm, but I’m not sure the same can be said for the early diver getting the good conditions. Not for us anyway. Starting at the crack of dawn (my first sunrise of 2017 I think), 4 brave divers and a kind cox made their way to Newhaven for the first UK ocean dive of the year.
Our destination: Lundy, an island in the Bristol Channel. The trip: almost a year in the planning. The anticipation: high. Lundy has reefs, wrecks, seals, and that relaxed island life. What more could you ask for? Well, some decent weather and a working compressor would be a start.
On the last Friday of June, the HYC witnessed an unusual event when Brian, John (a trusted ex-club member) and Michal met and started the load up John’s famous green-grey 90s Land Rover Defender 110, aka “Molly”. With cylinders and luggage on the roof and our Humber Assault 5m RIB on tow we headed to Ireland. Continue reading Sligo, Ireland
9 intrepid souls battled through May Bank Holiday and half term traffic to make it down to Bovisand. Sadly the big rhib was out of action, but they squeezed us onto Red Alert. After a lazy morning in the sunshine, we went out to Hilsea Point followed by the Glen Strathallen where the viz was slightly better! Continue reading Bovisand, Plymouth
Friday 10 July saw a group of nine divers from Putney SAC heading down to Swanage for a cold, wet weekend. and that was out of the water! The drive down was a pleasant one, followed by a sampling of Swanage’s finest kebabs. Which was apparently a safer bet than the Chinese, the only other place still serving food. Yikes.
Our plan for the weekend was to dive in the 30m range, the main aim being to visit the very well known wreck, the Kyarra. Although the brief sunny spell of weather had passed earlier in the week, being British divers it didn’t dampen our excitement. We were also joined by a local pair who are coming to Lundy with us later in the year, and who made a great addition to our group. Continue reading Kyarra & Peveril Ledges, Swanage
At the end of January, 6 of our club members swapped the cold London weather for (partly) warm (and a bit windy) weather on a liveaboard in Egypt. Making use of good out-of-season prices they boarded the “Emperor Superior” on the “South and St John’s Safari” trip. Continue reading South & St John’s Safari in Egypt