Plymouth Sept 2013

Late summer diving in Plymouth with Explorer & Maid Maggie hard boats, 21 CSAC divers in all, over 4 days of the best visibility water ever seen!

The annual pilgrimage to Plymouth started out on Explorer on Thursday and Friday for Maid Maggie, with options for 4, 3 or 2 days diving. Maid Maggie is our usual charter but Explorer was new to us this year.

Travel down Thursday morning for a ropes off at 3pm, 2 shake down dives on the Scylla and the James Eagan Layne. Sky was grey but underwater the vis was awesome at 5-10m easily. This was a sign of things to come, when the Sun came out on the Layne on Saturday, vis was easily 15-20m. Never seen it that good in the UK before.

So, diving was:-

Thursday , Scylla and James Eagan Layne
Friday, Persier ( teaming with lift) and Mewstone ledges
Saturday, Scylla ( shoal of Cod )and James Eagan Layne , we did this twice because it was so good..!
Friday, Peter Sellers reef. Saw Cuttle fish/ells/flat ties/lobsters

Maid Maggie did, JEL, Elk, Persier, Totnes Castle

Tony, skipper of Explorer was superb at pick-ups, quick to spot us and perfect placement of the boat for an easy grab of the side rope. Hot pasties and Pies also very welcome.

Best dive for me was JEL, on Saturday, the sun came out exactly as I was bringing a new Ocean diver around the bows and you could look all the way up the bow and along the sides to the surface, the ship towering above us was awesome. These new guys were really spoilt with the conditions.

With the vis so good and high ambient light on Saturday, penetration of the Scylla was pretty safe, much nicer to see daylight from the exits!

Social sides of things were as usual pretty good, eating out on the Plymouth quayside till 11.30pm, The Bridge in the marina Friday night and then onto the Plymouth Gin Factory for cocktails and the Barbican Kitchen next door, excellent meals all round and no sore heads on Sunday, amazing.

Weather turned a bit Friday afternoon and Sunday morning, so we did one dive on Sunday and managed to get home early at 4pm, about 4 hours drive.

Already booked up for next year.



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