A Swell Time in Portland!
Weymouth dive trip 18th 19th August
Paul Battersby writes:
Brian Deluce had organised his final Weymouth trip of the season aboard Skin Deeper departing from Portland Marina on Saturday morning of the 18th.
Due to the early start on Saturday, 9 brave souls made the journey down on Friday evening with some delays around the New Forest due to the usual Friday traffic issues. The majority of the crew stayed at the Bunker Portland, with a couple of couples preferring the more luxurious hotel and B&B option.
After a quick walk around Victoria square and a look at Chesil beach a few of the crew sampled some refreshments at the Little Ship Inn across the road from the Bunker.
After a hearty breakfast at the Bunker we set off to the Marina which luckily was only a few minutes’ drive away to load the gear. The first dive was to the ALEX VAN OPSTAL MV, the first victim of the 2nd World War, she was torpedoed and sunk on 15th September 1939, two weeks into the War.
The weather was reasonable with a swell building as the day went on, the first dive was very enjoyable with 5-6m vis plenty of eels a few lobsters and fish to be seen, water temp was a balmy 19C at 30M!
As the swell was building the dive manager decided the second dive would be on the scallop beds a little closer to shore. This was a drift dive with a reasonable current running hence some concentration was required to pick up scallops. A good haul was gathered by Chris, Brian, and Jackie with Chris also picking up a prehistoric fossil!
The sun managed to come out on the return to harbour and after unloading the boat we stopped for refreshments at The Boat That Rocks with a nice view over the harbour.
Richard then led a group to Underwater Explorers to continue his search for more equipment which turned into a record day’s business for the store! A few of the more hardy souls then made their way to the Cove House Inn at the end of Chesil beach.
The bunker turned on a very nice French themed evening meal, Mark can provide the recipe for the main course if anyone would like to try it at home.
As the weather was not looking good for Sunday the dive manager decided to call off the second days diving. Luckily the weather was not quite as bad as the 2014 storms see pics here!
Brian has booked dates for 2019 if anyone would like to get in early for a great weekend diving.