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:mobilephoUp at sparrow fart to bimble down to Portland for a crack at the M2 (a first for me)

The weather was reasonably pleasant, took some pics of Chesil Beach and had a nice breakfast in the Aqua Cafe. (The local sausages are great, slightly peppery....a full English is always a good start to any day)

The other guys and gals rocked up later including Tufty (minus the disco-fridge....don't ask) and Morag. We were going out on the hardboat Cutlass which is a nice craft with that joy of joys, a diver lift:D)

Kudos to the crew for regular supplies of hot drinks and a box of assorted choccie biccies (nice to see that Jacob Club are still available....orange for preference)

As to the actual dive, opinions vary, some thought the viz OK, I thought it was a bit pants but I did get down to the wreck and see the conning tower so I know it was a submarine:) Morag may decide to put up some of her pics which did look pretty good when she was previewing them on the boat.

Top marks for the diveboat, shame about the viz but all in all a good day out and worth the drive (no dive is ever pointless:D) Certainly something I'll look forward to having another crack at and hope for better viz on the wreck. Scimitar Diving run a nice little operation and I'd recommend them to anyone planning a day at Portland.
 

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Yup team scimitar are tops at what they do :)... I had a really enjoyable dive.I did have to stop to chuckle at Mr Ringrose who was busy praticing his newly aquired Seasearch skills by franticly scribling stuff on an A4 slate being on a Boris he's got to be the poshest 'Seasearcher' out there:) ....
 

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Cracking day guys even if i was 'temporarily' back on open circuit, saw a couple of nudis so I'm stoked. Cheers to Rossc for the marigolds - now I can continue my extreme washing up, new world record anyone?
As to the viz, I've been in worse this year so anything over a meter is a bonu at the moment :D
 

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Yup - Scimitar Diving can always be relied upon for a great day's diving - I had a lovely day :)

I was up early, and being such a nice mornign, i thought I would sneak out for a quick 2km before I set off. Halfway round, I had to stop to assist 8 little ducklings whose legs were too shoort to hop up the kerb and follow mum... As they were in the middle of the road, on a blind corner, I didn't want them to get squished. That is sure to get me into heaven, if there is one ;)

With the car loaded I set off, allowing plenty of time to sort my kit out when I was there. On the M27, the signs were saying ' A31 closed after A348'. :( I have no idea where the A348 is, and with no-one in the car to read a map that I don't have anyway, my heart sank. I missed the M2 a year or so ago becasue I'd been stuck in traffic. Oh well - I resigned myself to a 200 mile round trip with nothing to show for it and plodded on. Then I found out where the A348 is - just where the road goe from dual carriageway to single carriageway. The detour took about 20 minutes extra, but I finally arrived at Scimitar shortly after 11. Phew. plenty of time to fettle and even have a cup of tea.

With a full boat of 12, we set off round to the M2. Rumour had it that it would be busy, but when we arrived, we found just 2 other boats - one of F&B's ribs, and Skin Deeper. Once all their divers were in, we started. Ross went first, and as Trimixer and I were ready, we went in straight after. Our paln was - sraight down, bubble check at 5m, and if we lost each other, carry on, as we are both ok with solo diving and solo ascents. I started descending and waited at 5m.... and waited..... I looke dup, could see no diver above me, and waited a bit longer, then as a diver came up the line, i decided I wouldn't wait any longer - others would be jumping in, and i didn't want to hold anyone else up.

More divers came up as I went down the line, and at one point, I did wonder whether it would be just Ross and me on the wreck. The shot was tied in - just as well, really, given the number of divers who were hanging off it! The vis wasn't brilliant, but it was OK. It was more-or-less what I expceted. Green, and about 2-3m, more in some places. I found heaps and heaps of nudibranchs, tom-pots, and crabs. Many of the anemone seemed to be ready to spawn, and there were plenty of what looked like eggs from one creature or another - certainly the telltale spiral of nudibranch eggs were easy to spot!

After about 30 mins, the water trickling in though my dump valve was starting to make me really cold, so up went the dsmb, and I was soon back on the boat. There was my errant buddy, who'd managed to make his way to the wreck and dived without me.

We went back to Portland, enjoyed the obligitory post-dive tea and a natter and agreed it was a lovely dive.

Thanks to everyone on the boat - some YD lurkers, apparently ;)

I took a couple of pics.....


Eggs - parents unknown :D





Tompot blenny



Nudibranch family portrait

There was loads of bits in the water, so the pics aren't great. :cry:
 

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Hmm could Morag be referring to me as a YD lurker?? Dived the same dive as the others, the vis was better than I expected,,, but then I had pretty low expectations. Thanks for the photos as I missed all that lot!!
 

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There was one panic In the morning .... Morag did come tearing in the carpark worried that girly seat on the boat( the one nearest the lift) had been taken , luckily for all of us with her rig together in double quick time she managed to nab it ;-)...


Cool pics btw ... I didn't see any of that either .
 

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Hmm could Morag be referring to me as a YD lurker?? Dived the same dive as the others, the vis was better than I expected,,, but then I had pretty low expectations. Thanks for the photos as I missed all that lot!!
Now what I am trying to work out is whether you were the one who had to spend the trip back to Portland wearing little more than a borrowed towel on account of a dry suit flood :D

Oh - and Tufty waited until we were back in Portland before testing out his p-valve - i did feel sorry for the divers who were scalloping or something in the six inches of water he was tryng to increase to 7 :D
 

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Being one of ‘Morag’s Lurkers’ I thought I ought to chip in and agree with the others – a good day and a good dive, vis was okay at 2 – 3 meters and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many tompots in one place before! Scimitar certainly seem to run a good outfit in Portland and Pete the skipper is definitely one of the more friendly and helpful type of dive boat skippers. And my apologies to all who had to suffer the sight of my bare legs after the dive – leaking drysuits aren’t much fun!

It was nice to put some YD faces to names that I have seen on here before as well, but Morag, whilst your chances of going to heaven were certainly on the way up after rescuing ducklings helping yourself to a 2nd chocolate biscuit is bound to put you back on a level with the rest of us :)
 

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Being one of ‘Morag’s Lurkers’ I thought I ought to chip in and agree with the others – a good day and a good dive, vis was okay at 2 – 3 meters and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many tompots in one place before! Scimitar certainly seem to run a good outfit in Portland and Pete the skipper is definitely one of the more friendly and helpful type of dive boat skippers. And my apologies to all who had to suffer the sight of my bare legs after the dive – leaking drysuits aren’t much fun!

It was nice to put some YD faces to names that I have seen on here before as well, but Morag, whilst your chances of going to heaven were certainly on the way up after rescuing ducklings helping yourself to a 2nd chocolate biscuit is bound to put you back on a level with the rest of us :)
I seem to remember it was you who pinched it off me, declaring you were too lazy to unwrap it!
 

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Oh - and Tufty waited until we were back in Portland before testing out his p-valve - i did feel sorry for the divers who were scalloping or something in the six inches of water he was tryng to increase to 7 :D
I'll have you know that was my third - the other two were underwater: 'because i can':D
 

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Great piccies Morag.

I was 1 of the 3 on the F&B RIB (bit of a last minute decision after my well thought out plans 4 the weekend got scuppered due to usual buddy getting a ear infection - can't be helped) After a bit of searching, some frustration on the part of our Skipper and a bit of freiendly banter with Skin Deeper over who got to shot 1st, altho they were gracious enough to offer thier shot if we wanted it.

We descended our shot to find we weren't on the M2, luckily we'd not missed it by much, but by the time the lift bag got inflated to send the shot up and we swam to her we had limited time left as 1 of the party was on a 15ltr air plus we hit the M2 just down of the coning tower and went with the current to the bow.

I thought the viz was pretty good (3m) and not the usual blackness that comes with UK depths but I didn't get chance to get my camera out and start faffing er I mean practicing as I had a raging headache from the moment we got 6m down the shot so tried to limit the task loading and just enjoy the dive.

Am already wondering when I will be able to get back to dive the M2 again (the two I foistered self upon on the F&B RIB, cheers guys 4 letting me tag along :) were planning on doing it all over again today but sadly I couldn't stay) next time I will be hard boating it as much as I enjoy RIB diving it's a long ride out hanging on for dear life and then getting back in that's the killer, my arms are going to feel sore for at least the rest of the week!

Still I had an ace day, we also did the Countess of Earne which turned out to be a lovely dive, we saw every inch - started off by swimmin all around her, then went through her then up and over the top of her.
 
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