Eastbourne Oct/11 with Essex Wreck Divers

5 Intrepid Divers ventured forth with Essex Wreck Divers ( Skipper Mike) out of Eastbourne.

The date was booked in July which was cancelled due to bad weather so an October booking was looking a little risky. However, come the day the weather was a superb sunny warm autumn day.

Departure time was 12pm with the first dive at 2pm, this was the Alaunia, the largest wreck in Sussex waters, a giant at 173m * 20m, lying in ~34m of water. Shot was placed on the bows and the 5 of us jumped in. Vis was in the region 2-3m with quite alot of particles in the water… Water temp was 16 degress and the surface almost flat…

Second dive a drift onto the Royal Soverign shoals, dropped into 18m and immediately taken with the tide at a fair few Knots, great fun, bottom was rocky with fair amount of life on, catfish, lobsters, crabs etc… We slowed down towards the end of the 35min dive with it coming up to 16m and a more defined outcrop. More like chalk ledges ? with loads of crabs in the nooks and crannies..

Essex dive boat was pretty good, skipper was knowledgeable and the pasties apres dive were just what we needed …  Info at:

http://www.sussexshipwrecks.co.uk/index.htm

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Thanks Mike

 

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