Falmouth’d Cornish Conger Eats Club Chairman’s Pinky
Eleven divers and one non diver met up in Falmouth on Sunday 16th July 2018 to experience Cornish diving for the first time for the club in a number of years. The hotel chosen was The Grove, conveniently placed near many of the town’s pubs and eateries and not too far from the quay from which we would load the dive boat.
The hotel also boasted a bar where we could meet in the early evening whilst planning our evening entertainment.
Our dive skipper was Gary Fox, a well known dive charter skipper in the area and we would be using his hard boat called “Cornish Pussy”. (Ed…..thought best not to let you Google “Cornish Pussy” at work, so have gone a rather detoured, ahh hmmm, way round and brought you a safe link – amazing what you things you can do with a Cornish Pasty…)
We came to realise just how good Gary is as a skipper and the positive comments on his shot accuracy and great pick up skills were plentiful.
One important point to keep in mind when considering UK diving and Cornwall in particular is that it is very much weather related. During the week we had neap tides throughout and normally this would have meant we could dive all of the best sites.
However, we were let down by the weather and westerly winds meant that the proposed two days in Mounts Bay had to be abandoned and we hugged the side of the Lizard to keep in with the better sea states.
Wrecks such as The Volnay and Coroni River were dived at the start of the four day dive break and when the wind shifted more to the south we were able to tuck in to the Fal estuary and dive in well sheltered waters. Later we dived the Mohegan, a popular wreck in the Manacles rock system and the general opinion was that these were excellent dives even if the visibility was not at its best. However, five metres or more on the Mohegan was received by all as good conditions bearing in mind the weather and sea state.
A special mention for Len. On one dive he put his hand down to steady himself only to gain a nasty bite on his finger. No culprit was found but it was assumed to be a juvenile conger. There were no reports of how well the conger survived!
The four day dive trip was a great hit and the week has been provisionally booked for July 2018. Next year we hope to get some diving in Mounts Bay, perhaps even the best dive in the area – The Runnel Stone.
(Ed. Thanks again David Nicholson for a sterling write up on a recent club trip!)
Volnay Video (From: AtlanticScuba.co.uk)
Caroni Video (From: AtlanticScub.co.uk)