Despite some divers choosing to completely ignore the extensive information pack issued prior to the trip (you know who you are Pablo), the whole team eventually all gathered in Eyemouth on Friday evening.
After grabbing something to eat the weekend began with a few (but not too many) drinks to start the weekend in good form.
Saturday morning dawned bright and despite at least one lightweight complaining of a hangover (you know who you are Liz) we managed to load the boat and (almost) achieve the 8am ropes off target for the sail to Bass Rock.
Not far out of the harbour and the fog descended but our intrepid skipper Graham battled through and after a couple of hours Bass Rock majestically appeared out of the gloom.
The first dive was on the north wall which certainly didn’t disappoint with lots of life and everyone had a super dive despite a bit of current running.
After a spectacular surface interval watching the stunning bird life and chomping on Jaffa Cakes and Hob-Nobs we headed back to Fast Castle for our second dive. Unfortunately, the conditions had deteriorated somewhat but after a long and very bumpy sail we still had time for the second dive which was enjoyed by all.
Once back and showered it was off to The Ship restaurant for a scrumptious meal for 12 (not 18!) and then round to the Cutty Sark beer garden to watch the end of the England v Ukraine match. Not sure everyone in the bar was as excited as we were though at the 4-0 result! Ah well there’s always Qatar for you to try again next time Scotland….
Thankfully day 2 started on a sunny note and we headed back into the marine reserve for two great dives on Black Carr and in Guillemot Bay. Loads of life and colour including curious guillemots diving and flying underwater around us.
All in all, an excellent weekend, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Gary, Graham, Jade and Alex at DiveStay for looking after us.
Limping boat, dolphins, scooters, great visibility, leaks and sunshine………Just a brief summary of this week’s instalment of the ROHO 2019 calendar.
Thursday begins with a cracking weather forecast and 12 excited divers readying up for the weekend’s festivities, this soon takes a temporary hit with the news of dive boat gremlins having gotten loose, thus demoting our dive boat Wavedancer to the Waveplodder. 11 of the 12 divers are so blinded by the thought of some Scottish sun and North Sea dipping we happily head up on the Friday with some more local diving destinations in mind.
In true ROHO fashion, we pick up a straggler and bolster our numbers! Welcome to the club Genine Keogh, who funnily enough I’d already met on a liveaboard in Egypt last October, small world! Soon attention turns to diving with a warm-up through Tyes Tunnel, visibility turns out to be good, water still has that cheek flushing coldness with a successful (for most) dive to follow. Wet dive number 1 for Liz… The Glanmire is available for the 2nd dive which is duly jumped upon by many, all reported a nice dive with no issues, bar Wet Dive number 2 for Liz….
Saturday night saw a nice meal at the Ship Inn and sensible decisions were made ready for a 9am RO Sunday to find another spot of slack over the Glanmire. Visibility seemed to be even better than the day prior and the dive club had 2 new friends today breaking their salt-water virginity, in testing for their Britannic Expedition later this year, both scooters working flawlessly and sending their riders far from the wreck in search for god only knows what, finding
absolutely nothing, but bloody good fun!
Wet dive number 3 for Liz? I can’t quite remember due to the appearance of the dolphins I had ordered, but the final dive of the trip being a nice leisurely wolf-fish hunt starting on the landing pad, the scooters had new yobs on them this time providing smiles of equal grandeur.
All in all a successful trip, always well looked after by the team from Divestay, plenty of post-dive hot drinks and snacks by the Duracell bunny that is Dougie. Reports from MarineQuest divers that visibility around Bass Rock and the Isle of May being particularly poor over the weekend showed that maybe the dive gods were really looking out for us after all.