Plymouth August 2018

Reports on our previous club dive trips and some of our day diving activities
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Maria H
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Plymouth August 2018

Post by Maria H » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:35 pm

This was a last-minute (OK, a month in advance) booking. In Deep at Plymouth were willing to take a booking for a small group and so we booked for me, Tom, Dave & Angela. I then got a message from Andy Clark saying that his wife would be away on business that weekend and he was looking for some “extra marital diving”, so then there were 5 of us.
First dive was on the wreck of the Rosehill, a coal-carrying steamer that was torpedoed in World War 1. The viz was poor and we struggled to figure out what bits of the wreck we were looking at. Next dive was the James Eagan Layne, an old favourite that didn’t disappoint. The JEL is a Liberty ship that was torpedoed at the end of WW2. Visibility was much better at 6 – 10 metres, and we were able to swim through the wreck and also enjoy the fish life (tompot blennies, shoals of bib and small Pollock and the odd conger). Even I could tell the bow from the stern on this one!
Next day we headed offshore to dive Eddystone and Hand Deeps. Both of these are excellent scenic dives, with walls covered in colourful jewel anemones, and a few blennies and lobsters hiding in crevices. Dolphins came out to play in between dives.
On day 3 we dived the Persier, another WW2 victim. A highlight at the stern was the impressive rudder and steering quadrant. Final dive was at Fairylands, where we enjoyed a pleasant bimble along some ledges (once we’d turned round to go the right way!)
Accommodation was in a newly renovated B&B that doesn’t do breakfast (!) so breakfast was served at the Mountbatten Centre next door to the dive centre. The plus was that we were staying within walking distance of Turnchapel village which is home to 2 decent pubs – the Clovelly Bay Inn and the Boringdon Arms - so we were able to stuff our faces in the Clovelly. We also got the water taxi over to Plymouth one evening, and enjoyed the delights of a Mexican restaurant.
In Deep were heading out to do a blue shark dive the following day, but unfortunately it was fully booked so we had to drive home. It gives us a reason to return next summer :D
Thanks to Tom, Dave, Angela & Andy for a cracking weekend. It must have been good, as Andy decided to join the club when he got back!
Andy has posted some photos on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

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