Normandy May 2016

Our expedition, delayed from 2015 because of bad weather, to French soil – well a lot of water as well.

The forecast was variable so an early crossing was called for to get us to Cherbourg. It had been a little swelly on the way across so a few of us were not at our best but the brave managed the two dives there. The Stathalibyn; scattered wreckage, plenty of life including vivid blue cuckoo wrasse, poor vis and the Johann; small tug on it’s side with lots of fish. Off towards Arromanches and the Ussa on the way: broken wreck, big boilers, lots to look at but again vis poor. Sea conditions worsening so decision to hole up in Port. Time for a little history tour. 1st June Empire Broadsword; Huge, on it’s side, lots’s of open areas but vis too poor to risk real exploration and USS Susan B Anthony; after finding the shot in the ‘desert’ and a futile swim against current turned round and floated onto it, just beautiful, great vis, great landscape and so much life. JEL on steroids. Made the weeks diving.

Many thanks to Al and Freda on Salutay for a great week and our expanding waistlines. We will be back !!!

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