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Lyme Regis August 2010

Organised by Sarah. Boggie, Sarah, Trevor, Akiko, Phil, myself, Martin and Clare. Then Martin D, Paul, Chris too.

We stayed at Charnwood B&B

We had planned to dive with another boat but the day before we heared that their engine had failed and needed replacing. Instead we were on a boat without a lift named Channel Warrior.

Dive 62

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Place:Moidart
Buddy:Boggie and Akiko
Equipment Details:11Kg, 15L tank and *Pony*. Overweighted by at least 2Kg. Really needed a knife.
Visibility:2m
Water Speed:0
Weather Conditions:Sunny
Entry/Boat:Channel Warrier, skippered by Chris
Air in:220
Air out:90
Cylinder:15L + 3L Pony

Blenny, Deadmans fingers, crabs.

I was feeling very sea-sick on the boat and nearly didn't go in at all. Only reason I did was to get out of the swell (gentle though it was). On the way down I took some time ear clearing (Akiko actually did too and was behind me so that wasn't a problem). We met Boggie at the bottom. Felt less sick at the bottom. Poor visibility and my mask was slightly foggy so I couldn't see well anyway. Spotted the conger under a boiler near the shot line the skipper put down and a blenny nearby but before long the huge amount of netting and caught crabs were focussing Boggie's attention. He cut one out with a knife while Akiko shone her torch to help. We then spotted loads more and some dead ones and couldn't do much more about it. I actually got a bit tangled up myself when my DSMB got caught, and didn't have a knife, but was able to free myself. Since it was quite deep we were quickly heading towards deco time so Boggie found a bit of wreck near the boiler to deploy the DSMB. Akiko filled it, I shone the torch but Boggie was a bit narked had attached it to the wrong part of the reel and it caught, taking both of them to pull down on it to unclip it. Only saw about 4m of the wreck and in fact hit the shotline again. Akiko got her torch caught on the wreck and had to free it. On the way up I was very over-weighted so struggled to maintain boyancy whilst coming up. Got to the surface and felt very sick again going from 6-surface after the safety stop. Was sick on the ladder and had to be pulled in by others on the boat. Bit of a depressing dive being so deep, gloomy and covered with dying crabs. Fishermen really need to be more careful with discarded nets.

Martin's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZwLk0WjTqI

I was feeling very seasick so skipped the second dive of the day which was West Bay, High Ground and marhsalled instead.

Dive 63

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Place:M2 Submarine
Buddy:Sarah
Equipment Details:
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This was a brilliant dive and my first submarine. We'd left the harbour at 10:30 but slack wasn't until after 1pm so there was a lot of hanging around at the dive site with an angling boat also in the vicinity. We put the shot down and continued to wait but just before we went in another dive boat appeared too. After some discussion between the skippers they shotted the other end we agreed to go in first. It meant the weck was a little busier than it would otherwise have been.

We decended down the shot (ear problem at 10-15m as usual). The submarine sank stern first in January 1932 with all 60 crew lost inside and is in its current upright position after a failed salvage operation in December 1932. We landed on the starboard side of the sub towards the stern and after a brief look at the side moved onto the top. We soon came to the hanger but the plane is no longer in there. Instead were lots of divers including Boggie. There were lots of congers inder the parts that used to be used to launch the plane. Sarah did two signals, one which turned out to be a biggles impression with glasses and wings and the other an impression of a crane; both completely lost on me underwater!! We followed the launching track towards the bow, one of the congers was absolutely huge and its eyes reflected the torch. Sarah did the reel and DSMB and we asended.

Phil and Martin dislodged the shot so that the boat could winch her up.

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Dive 64

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Place:
Buddy:Sarah
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We thought there might be a strong current on this one so Sarah went down first holding the DSMB and I followed her slowly down the line clearing my ears. After about 5 mins I caught her up and we started the dive. For the first 5-10 mins there as really very little to see, just silty mud/sand on the sea bed and some red fan-shaped corals and I actually noticed the cold. Soon though we hit the scallop beds. There were two types, the large ones and the small ones (not sure if the small ones were just baby large ones!). The large ones didn't move much but about half of the small ones were really energetic and start opening and closing to swim away when disturbed. I'ev never seen anything like it and they are really funny. Both me and Sarah kept chuckling as they flapped away. Eventually we hit 100 bar and started ascending. We got to the surface but had to wait about 15 mins for the boat to pick us up because the skipper seemed to end up picking up everyone else up first! Wasn't a big deal though, I just inflated my jacket and floated on by back. Great fun in the end!

Dive 65

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Place:Gibel Hamam
Buddy:Akiko and Chris
Equipment Details:Took off an extra Kg so dived with 9Kg this time. Still over-weighted.
Visibility:1m
Water Speed:
Weather Conditions:
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Air in:230
Air out:80
Cylinder:15L + 3L pony

We descended the shot (me very slowly in the middle because of ears. The shot wasn't on the wreck so it took a bit of looking around before we found it. We went along it for a bit seeing deadmans fingers and a hermit crab on the sand but then Chris and Akiko started ascending, so no wanting to lose them I did to. We got to about 20m and then Chris started looking for the wreck again. We couldn't find it and it wasn't long before Akiko and I had had enough so we signaled to give up and ascend. Chris did the reel and I filled the DSMB (took a couple of attempts). Quite happy to be back on the boat at the end.

Dive 66

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Place:Baygitano (Baggie for short)
Buddy:Akiko and Chris
Equipment Details:
Visibility:5-7m
Water Speed:
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Air in:220
Air out:100
Cylinder:12L dumpy

There was some debate about whether to do this one or the saw tooth ledges (which has sun coral that a very rare in UK waters) because the current was quite strong and we weren't sure we'd stay on the wreck.

Chris had a problem with the tank he had been given. It was leaking at a nut on the pillar valve. This was a shallower dive and he had a pony so he ended up using Akiko's 110bar 12L from the previous dive. We made a plan for him to stay slightly higher than Akiko and me and for us, for him to signal 50 bar and then for us all to ascend when he hit 30 and that's exactly what we did. My ears cleared more easily this time descending the shot but there was quite a current so we had to fin down the shot. The wreck is in pieces after being hit by a torpedo. It is quite disintegrated too. The first part is very angular, a bit like an underwater pyramid and you can peer all the way through it. We saw crabs and guppys and I saw a plaice for the first time. It was on the wreck between two plates with a crab at one end and it on the wreck. We went around twice before Akiko led us to the next part of the wreck. All the time we had to hold the wreck to maintain position because of the current but it wasn't too strong. Lot's of white sea squirts, one of which got knocked off by Chris. There seemed to be other similar white squirts on the sea bed too but I didn't get close to check what they were. Akiko pointed out a large dead crab. At one point Chris knocked a squirt off with his fins.

The second part was also very angular. I took a closer look at the wreck itself to see the different plants growing on it. Before too long though Chris reached 30 so we returned to the surface. Akiko did the reel and I did the DSMB, supporting myself against a vertical piece of wreck as I did.

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