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Christmas St Abbs (well the weekend before)

Forecast for 3m swell?!?!? Should we take our dive gear ? Good job we listened to Paul and not Richard !!!!

Despite the awful weather earlier in the week the weather was improving. So we drove up in sunshine full of hope. The never ending debate going on. Where should we get our Friday night fish and chips. Giacopazzi’s won, what a great choice   http://www.giacopazzis.co.uk/

A very chill evening so taking all the wearable gear into the bunkhouse for maximum benefit in the frosty morning. A nice leisurely start to the day (courtesy of the tides). Paul was promising nothing except the ability to put us in and get us out.

So the first dive was from West Hurca drifting toward St Abbs. A really nice drift, visibility about 2m and not much life except the crawling kind but good to cover anemone gullies. Just over 30 minutes was enough for us all at 8 degrees.

Lunch interval, so a rapid traverse to the café for Cullen Skink (the best in Scotland).

After lunch the intrepid 5 (losing Richard) took to Black Carrs. It really was black, like a night dive, forcing focus on the torch beam but better vis of about 4m. The highlight being the anenomes out and feeding and their glorious colours – pink, white, mixed, reds.

Diane had done most of the dinner preparation so a quick round of spud bashing and we were ready for the New Inn (walk for the hardy). Then a return to a sumptuous Christmas dinner followed by who can remember what.

Lazy Sunday with breakfast in the café. Not quite the plan but it worked out well. So fully fuelled a few of us went for a walk round Gibside with the obligatory coffee (near Newcastle https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside). Well worth a visit.

 

 

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St Abbs September 2019

A reasonable forecast prior to the weekend but very changeable day by day as we got closer. What would actually happen ?

So we arrived Thursday evening to be greeted the waves breaking and Paul saying ‘it will be what it will be’, ‘there’s certainly going to be swell tomorrow’. and so it was.

Undeterred we set off for the Isle of May under a grey cloud and on a swelly sea. The further we went the more we could see sunshine behind us (the wrong way !) but the swell was lessening. Looking round the island the swell was from the SE making the NW the only ‘safe’ area.

So seals resting / swimming round the north side became our target. We were not disappointed, with many seal encounters. There were lots of younger seals and they were very inquisitive.

A short lunch break and we were ready again, For the bits of the Albany wreck. Ribs and hull plates with various scattered items along the sea bed. Life clustered in and amongst including conger and lobster.

Quite a long haul back in worsening weather (the rain – URGHHHHH), Then a quick change and out to Eyemouth for tea.

With no promises for Saturday we awoke to sunshine and calm seas. Needing to stay in the shelter of the bay Black Carrs and Ebb Carrs were selected. Good choices. Octopus, Angler fish, Ling, shoal of juvenile pollack, wolf fish all sighted as well as lots of lobster and crab.

As evening drew close we saw the best of St Abbs in the sunshine as we prepared for our dinner at the New Inn, Coldingham.

Paul warned us about Sunday and so no one was surprised when diving was cancelled. So an opportunity for a leisurely start and early set off for home.

Many thanks to Paul and Rachel (Dive St Abbs, Rock House and Shore Diver).

 

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St Abbs (New Asgard) June 2019

A glorious weekend with the most divers from our club ever. 15 on Saturday and 14 on Sunday. Used all the accommodation and both waves !

Black Carr, West Hurker, Glanmire and Tye’s Tunnel. Great dives with a bit of current running round the headland. Interesting.

Wolf Fish, two Octopus and the usual crawling suspects. Viz fine at 4-5m. Water temperature was a warm 10 degrees. 50 minute dives from some with 40 minutes the norm.

Great accommodation and boat with Paul and Rachel at Rock House and aboard Shore Diver.

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2019 trips booked so far

Feb 21-24th  3.5days liveaboard diving on MV Halton in the Sound of Mull.

There are spaces – organiser Richard Ward

 

June 8/9th weekend diving Farnes with Sovereign

Not taking names until December – organiser Ray

 

June 29/30th weekend diving St Abbs with Rock House / Shore Diver

Not taking names until December – organiser Ray

 

August 24/29th 6 days liveaboard diving on MV Halton in Scapa.
There are no spaces but a reserve list is running – organiser Richard Ward

 

Sept 27/28/29th long weekend diving St Abbs with Rock House / Shore Diver

Not taking names until December – organiser Ray

 

If members have other suggestions / want to organise something then please get in touch with Ray.

I know some members are looking at a late deal Red Sea liveaboard.

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St Abbs Sept 28/29/30th 2018

Just got back from a great long weekend. Dived Bass Rock, Isle of May, Ebb Carr, Black Carr, Anenome Gully and Wuddy Rocks swim through toward Black Carr with Paul Crowe on Shore Diver.

Lovely weather, great group, Paul and Rachel looked after us well as usual.

Visibility iffy for the first dive but improved through the days and was good for the final day.

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St Abbs – July 2018

Another great weekend with Paul Crowe on Shore Diver

Anemone Gullies, Skelly Hole / Glanmire, Black Carrs and Cathedral Rock (as a boat dive, lazy I know).

A little swelly in the water but great weather and a BBQ Saturday evening. What more can you ask.

 

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St Abbs 2017

Will we, won’t we ? The question for both our St Abbs 2017 trips. Eventually 8 brave souls ventured up for the likelihood of diving Friday afternoon and Saturday on the last weekend in October. And we did !

We had 3 great dives. The Glanmire, Black Carrs and Ebb Carrs or Cathedral Rock. Visibility was good and life was excellent. Seal and  Octopuses (pi) found !!

Good fish and chips at Scoutscroft and a great meal at the New Inn. Thanks to Paul at Rcok House for being so supportive in our decisions and eventual diving.

A great trip in the end !

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