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Diving St Abbs - 17th - 18th October

2009-10-16 08:45
St Abbs
Event Type: 
Dive trip

Quick jaunt to St Abbs. Diving & staying with Billy Aitchinson. Follow the link for more info.

Red sea

Just a quick entry to say many thanks to Bill for successfully arranging one of the Clubs largest outings for many years if not ever!

A week on Blue Fin setting off from Hurgarda turned out to have as much diving as those who travelled wanted! 19 dives in total and included the famous 'Brothers Islands' where the two wrecks are spectacular.

I am hoping Bill will post some photos from his fabulous camera and housing rather than the shots which look great on the underwater compacts until you view them on a computer and swiftly hit the delete key.

The diving was at times challenging with some strong currents and deeper diving for the less experienced to enjoy. all were completed safely and hopefully enjoyed by everybody.

I am sure Graham will have some observations to add once he has time.






Farnes, Fyne & Pembroke.

Not had a chance to report on these beforehand. so here goes.

Loch Fyne, Up North

Bit of a drive is Tarbert, it seems the road by the Loch will never end, but hey ho. We managed it for last orders.

I suppose with our track record there was no chance of a new boat waiting for us; But to be fair Malcolm did phone up the week before to advise this might be the case………

Cold water diving, plenty of scallops, & crustaceans. Oh and a rummage around an underwater tip.

Few minor hitches with kit (as is the norm).

Kevin’s cuff dump (now secured with industrial strength silicon)

Celtic Divers Fishguard

Evening from the grey haired one again! I think another first for a little while a mid week diving trip for two days in Pembrokeshire. Many thanks to the brave nine who made the trip and enjoyed the best Mark and Bob could offer on board Wandrin Star. As ever best laid plans of going out to dive HMS Whirlwind were thwarted by the unseasonal weather. First night in the pub started off well with a 12.00 licence for all to arrive before last orders, although some really got into their drinking!(Gary) Changed plans saw us starting with a drift dive with spectacular life and certainly the biggest crayfish I have ever seen. This was followed by an interesting wreck dive which has featured in Diver.

Mystery Dive for 2010

Who is up for a mystery diving trip for next year?

The idea is that you will have to trust the organiser to spend your money wisely! who will try and come up with a new to this Club dive site! The idea is that I will specify a month when the trip is likely to take place and try and obtain flights (if required) to as near to an agreed date as possible. If some money is paid up front we will hunt around for the best flight deals (if required) to make the trip as cheap as possible! Obviously we already have an idea in mind but where?

Interested to know who is up for this one?

Thoughts so far is a deposit by November 2009 £150.00

Likely dates Late April /early May 2010. (long weekend) with an agreed max cost for diving, transport and accomodation.

Might be dry suits but then again might be wetsuits?


Drinking and Cavorting

2009-08-01 19:30
Event Type: 

Julia is sorting a night out in Manchester for "some beers". All welcome

Meet in The Old Monkey (Portland Street) around 7.30 to 8.00 ish.

Could you let Julia know if you intend to turn up.

Even though it's one of the cheapest pubs in the City (typical for Salford ;-0) bring plenty of beer tokens.



Blue Fin September 4th 2009

To all concerned It´s time to pay up for the Blue Fin Red Sea trip. The total cost is expected to be £950.00 excluding any extras such as 15L cylinders. Please send cheques to me post haste. Late payers will be proped up and shooted.

Farne Isles

Grey haired one here again! Many previous trips to the Farnes with countless falling foul to the weather and having to spend many hours in the pub drinking instead! (Could think of worse things!) My thanks to Alan for arranging this one, good accomodation and excellent diving weather for three days! and not one cancelled, six dives unbelievable!

Trip started with a lift from Bill (many thanks!) but an interesting journey as you re-enter from 0-60 in 4 sec's style of driving! A bit quicker than my normal trips! too say the least.

I hear rumours the girls drinking team managed to dent the stocks of the bar at the accomodation on their last night and a ugly rumour one member of the regulars had to be assisted to bed!

Eqipment failure on this trip appears to have just been one cuff seal on Nikki's suit very quickly repaired by Colin who sadly will be working out of Aberdeen for the next few months.

Loch Fyne

News from the grey haired one since no comments on Loch Fyne yet! Many thanks to Colin for organising the weekend the diving and B & B accomodation we all thought excellent! (except Mark and Kat who booked themselves into an impressive hotel!)Shame Malcolm's new boat was not ready as this looks excellent and would have given us more room and shelter as well as enabling us to travel further a field (maybe next time?)

The weather could definately have been kinder with at times heavy rain and some hail on the Saturday to cheer us up!

Mystery Divers

This is a first for our Underwater Adventurers, a Mystery Diver Section.

Over the diving season if all goes well we will add more pictures, and maybe a prize for those who guess them all correctly at the AGM.

Log in and try to identify the 1st Mystery Man

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