A great weekend diving in the Farne Islands with Sovereign diving. Little Harcar and Somali on first day and Blue Caps and Great Harcar today. Sightings of seals, octopus, butterfish, scorpion fish alongside the usual crabs and lobsters. Fabulous diving with great friends.
One fine Saturday morning 12 of us headed up north (really north) to Mallaig, Scotland via Loch Lomond, The Green Welly Shop, Fort William and Glen Coe.
There to meet the MV Halton and our skipper for the week, Bob Anderson.
The weather would drive our itinerary and it was over 10 years since any of us had dived that area. With the prospect of some days of fine weather but a storm front on its way, we set off north, between Skye and the mainland, stopping for a shakedown dive in Loch Nevis.
Can this really be Scotland, we asked ourselves, as we basked in sunshine, passed a cruise ship at anchor off Lochalsh, and proceeded under the Skye bridge.
We journeyed to the Summer Isles and docked at Ullapool, Raasay, Lochalsh, Inverie and Mallaig.
Dive sites: The Crowlins, Fairweather 5, Jambo, Innisjura, Holm Island, Port Napier, Kylerhea, Loch Nevis
We have one new trainee who has already completed Ocean Diver this year from a start in February. He was willing to brave the chilly quarry waters in late March / early April and is now qualified to dive
We have 2 new starters on the Ocean Diver course just completed week 2 in the pool.
The quarries are warming up, so now is the time for open water training.
April 21st we had 8 at the quarry.
We are already scheduled for April 28th with 10 planning to go.
What are you waiting for ?
March 1st-4th Mull on MV Halton 3.5 days diving liveaboard
May 12th-19th Hebrides on MV Halton 6 days diving liveaboard
June 9th-10th Farnes from Seahouses with Sovereign 2 days diving weekend, B&B
June 30th / July 1st St Abbs at Rock House with Paul Crowe 2 days diving weekend, Bunkhouse
September 1st-5th Pembrokeshire with Len Bateman 5 days diving, Bunkhouse
September 28th-30th St Abbs at Rock House with Paul Crowe 3 days diving, long weekend, Bunkhouse
December 14-17th Xmas wet. Staying near Kirby Lonsdale for club Xmas dinner and diving Capernwray Saturday am
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 !
It’s the weekend before Christmas and where are BSAC 18 going. To Dinorwic (near Llanberis) of course. Our latest destination away from St Abbs to search for a shorter drive, a more reliable diving opportunity and a little luxury.
16 signed up for the annual bash with the opportunity to dive Vivian quarry at Llanberis. A new experience for most. Staying at Capel Dinorwic (a converted chapel) with excellent facilities for 16.
Friday evening the majority had a selection of chillis to choose from.
Saturday morning loomed a little gray and wet but the hardy 10 donned dive gear and wandered through the arch to the abandoned slate quarry / dive centre. The water was an unexpectedly pleasant 9 degrees and 40 minutes enough time to get a good appreciation of the underwater terrain. One dive was enough before a sojourn to Llanberis for lunch. A group dined at ‘Pete’s Eats’, the legendary climbers caff.
Some of the group adjourned to the pub whilst other wandered Caernarvon old town which was enjoying a little better weather.
The main event was looming fast. We tucked into our multi course traditional Christmas meal and drinks in the evening and enjoyed Jill’s party games.
Sunday was particularly gray although the group was not ! We enjoyed the traditional Sunday breakfast brunch. Those that were staying on had the opportunity of a nice walk alongside the Menai Straight. More than enough left overs for tea.
Thank yous to Richard for the accommodations and Jill for organising food and games. Thank you to all the cooks and bottle washers. A real group effort. See you next year !