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As Exmouth is fairly unknown to many I thought I would report our recent trip there. I say "our" I didn't do anything towards organising it, I was lucky enough to be invited!

I expected Exmouth to be a fair drive from Leeds, I was wrong! After leaving Leeds at 0930 we were unloading our bags into the B and B by 1400 before heading off for a shallow shore dive at Budleigh Salterton (as recommended by Martin Hall (Diving Doc to many!)). From the Lyme Kiln car park, head out on a bearing of 150 degrees and you hit a reef (small one) after about 10 mins. Quite a pleasant start to the next few days diving.

After getting air fills from "Doc" we rendez-vous'd with the rest of our group back at the B and B (Linhayes Court, Lymphstone). After that it was a quick beer in the Sadlers arms before heading into Lymphstone for a meal (specialise in sea food) at The Globe - very nice pub (shame that can't be said about the Sadlers, more on that later!!).

Our boat for the weekend was Wave Chieftan II, skippered by Richard Tibbs. He is a cracking skipper, not a diver, but has spent many years at sea as a trawlerman and more recently as a charter fishing boat. He has been taking divers for 5 years now. The boat has a lift too which makes it even better!

The first morning was luxury. There was the option of getting on the boat at 0730 or 1230 - guess which one we chose! First dive was the Bretange (search on D.Net for details), max depth 29m, viz 4m, water temp a cracking 10C. Second dive of the day was on the Galicea. Wreckage in about 18m just off Teignmouth. Again, a nice dive, not a huge amount of recognisable boat, but some good rummaging to be had. Lots of fishing line on here though!

That evening we decided to eat at the Sadlers Inn on the main road from Exeter to Exmouth in Lymphstone. Shall I just say that I would not recommend anyone else doing the same. The food was err, edible (just) and one meal did not turn up (they actually demanded we prove this meal was ordered). The staff were very rude and the manager was one of the worst of them - he refused to come and talk to the person who was missing a meal. We got to the stage where he invited us into the kitchen so we could see how small the kitchen was. There are seats for 80 people (we counted) and there were 25 people split between us and another group eating at the time! The concept of customer service and the customer always being right had never been introduced to them! Retiring to a far nicer pub (the Redwings in Lymphstone) we had another couple of beers while the poor person who didn't get a meal (he gave up arguing and got a refund) had a pickled egg and a marsbar!

The next day we got to the boat for 0900 and headed out to dive the Perrone. This was a French Cable layer involved in a collision off Bolt Tail. It is a huge wreck and there is a danger of straying inside if the Viz is bad. Max depth 33m, viz about 5m. Fairly flat in the bits we saw, there are apparently some shallower bits though. Second dive was on Straight point, just outside the Exmouth channel. Max depth 12m, not a bad slow drift dive. The one amazing thing on this dive was the Plaice, just laying on the bottom, you could actually stroke them! There were a few items of feminine protection lying around which was not too pleasent though!

That evening we headed a little further afield to the Nutwell lodge, directly opposide the marine commando traning unit. Fantastic food, £7.75 for an all you can eat carvery. The staff were polite and actually smiled, which was a novelty!

Monday morning we again met the skipper at 0900 and headed out to dive the Lord Stewart. This was torpedoed in WWII. Max depth 38m and fairly intact with a lot of life. The starboard side was almost like Eddystone rock! Second dive was another reef area, Otterton Ledges. Another slow drift, viz not as good as the day before and fairly dark.

All in all a great weekend. The meal on saturday night was just comical in the end. Skipper very good, B and B the same.

Paul
 

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<font color='#8D38C9'>Richard Tibbs is a Excellent Skipper

I was out with him last year and we got blown out both days

we went out to see what it was like but richard called the dives whats more he didn't want to keep our money either (we did give him some bear money for his troubles though)

Wave Cheiften is a nice boat too, big with a lift
 

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<font color='#8D38C9'>I'd have to agree this was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend! Diving was brilliant, boat and service was excellent and all in good company. The infamous Saturday night meal, despite being not so nice for the person who didn't get any dinner. provided us with hours (if not days) of entertainment!

The only thing I've got to add is the boat is actually the Wave Cheiftan II . The Wave Cheiftan is the skipper's old boat, now run by another skipper out of Exmouth. It's a bit confusing having two boats with practically the same name out of the same place. The Wave Cheiftan is much smaller and blue, whereas the Wave Cheiftan II is larger, yellow and most importantly has a lift!!

Thanks to Brian for organising the trip,

Cheers,

Jen


PS. Watch this space for the photo's!
 

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Glad you enjoyed the diving! If you are down this way again may I suggest a night in Topsham? Excellent resturants and Pubs - the local Indian is in the back of Denleys Wine bar with Cobra and Kingfisher on draught!
Guided tours of the pubs arranged....

Paul Luckyenough to live in Topsham
 

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<font color='#8D38C9'>OK so here's some photo's! Look how great the weather was - we had this for all three days!!
 

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<font color='#8D38C9'>Paul all tied up! Ha ha ha ha. OK OK, I can hardly talk, I did the same thing the next day - but you don't have a photo!!
 
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