Portland Dive Weekend 11th & 12th June 2016
The latest club trip took place on the 11th & 12th of June, with 9 members taking part on the weekend expedition to Portland.
Accommodation and meeting point was The Royal Breakwater Hotel on the Friday evening. Those of us who hadn’t stayed there before had been painted are rather unenlightening picture of the hotel, but in fairness it was great. Highly recommended!
The plan for dives was, probably as usual, fairly fluid due to a poor weather forecast. Southerly and South Westerly winds had most of dosing up with Stugeron at breakfast. However the winds were kind to us, and in the sheltered side of Portland Bill the seas were flat calm.
For several people it was first dives of the season, two were participating in training dives towards Sport Diver qualification, and I was trying out a new drysuit, so the diving was planned accordingly.
First dive was the British Inventor, with Geoff and Steve taking the plunge, then on to Durdle Door for a fairly shallow reef and training dive. Principal excitement was Ann losing a fin (again) and the skipper of the Lulworth Cove tourist boat not understanding the meaning of the Diving ‘A’ Flag.
After lunch at Lulworth Cove, second dive of the day was on the sunken barge, just outside the harbour.
With the forecast supposedly deteriorating on Sunday, we were pleasantly surprised when out on the water to find conditions, once again, were superb. First dive was a drift dive. Although the current wasn’t running fast, all the divers covered an enormous distance. Was it a dogfish? Was it a Lesser Spotted this or that? There was a huge debate…. But we settled on Dogfish!
Final dive, on Sunday afternoon was another dive on the sunken barge. Great visibility for the first divers. For subsequent divers, it was like pea soup. (Sorry!)
During the trip, several people put themselves in the running for the club’s Anchor Award, unfortunately including myself.
Thank you Malcolm, for organising and planning a fantastic dive weekend, and thank you Ann for the never ending supply of snacks and drinks. And finally, congratulations Katie on becoming the club’s newest Sports Diver.