Club Trip – Easter in Plymouth 2012

As usual a group of Croydon’s finest headed down to Plymouth this year for the traditional Easter Beano. We were diving form the excellent hard boat Venture skippered by the jolly northern pirate Pete Fergus.

Cuttlefish on the Glen Strathallen by Jason Street

Cuttlefish on the Glen Strathallen by Jason Street

I’m not going to do a long write up for this one, suffice to say the diving was excellent, the booze was excellent and the curries at the Ganges were shit (for a laugh read the Trip Advisor reviews – even these didn’t stop us going there three times and walking past 4 other curry houses to get there!).

Dives were as follows:

  • Fri: Persia and Glen Strathallen
  • Sat: Rosehill and JEL
  • Sun: JEL and Scylla
  • Mon: Blown out : (

Visibility ranged from a couple of m on the Rosehill to 9/10m on the Persia. Temp on most dives was 9/10 degrees. It was flat calm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but unfortunately on the Monday the wind picked up to gale-force so Pete binned it.

Special thanks to Pete and cabin-boy James for looking after us all, to the Mayflower Guest House for sorting the bed and breakfast needs and to the Maritime Inn and the Yardarm for keeping  our thirsts quenched. I’d also like to the thank the Ganges for making half the crew’s guts explode like Vesuvius on a bad day.

Some of my photos below, for some excellent underwater shots check out Croydon member Jason Street’s website (he took the cuttlefish one above).

The crew loafing whilst waiting for Venture to turn up at the Mount Batten Centre

The crew loafing whilst waiting for Venture to turn up at the Mount Batten Centre

Flat calm on the pontoons, no sign of Venture yet though!

Flat calm on the pontoons, no sign of Venture yet though!

Aboard Venture

Aboard Venture

Flat calm seas on the way out to the Persia

Flat calm seas on the way out to the Persia

Sea fan thing

Sea fan thing

Female Cuckoo Wrasse

Female Cuckoo Wrasse

Conga

Conga

Spider Crab

Spider Crab

Paul Brown self portrait. Hideous.

Paul Brown self portrait. Hideous.

Rick looking smug. Note the flat sea and sunshine in the background.

Rick looking smug. Note the flat sea and sunshine in the background.

Jeremy and Kris after diving the Persia.

Jeremy and Kris after diving the Persia.

Paul and Jeremy between dives.

Paul and Jeremy between dives.

The two Pauls.

The two Pauls.

Heading out of Plymouth Sound.

Heading out of Plymouth Sound.

Martin, Ady, Jason and Kris between dives.

Martin, Ady, Jason and Kris between dives.

Divers loafing and drinking tea - its what we do best.

Divers loafing and drinking tea – its what we do best.

Jason ready to dive.

Jason ready to dive.

Ady and Martin ready to dive.

Ady and Martin ready to dive.

Ady ready to jump in.

Ady ready to jump in.

Martin rolls off.

Martin rolls off.

Away goes Jason.

Away goes Jason.

Scott, Tone and Paul ready to ride the lift.

Scott, Tone and Paul ready to ride the lift.

Tone rides the lift.

Tone rides the lift.

Tone post dive.

Scott brings back a lobster for the skipper.

Scott brings back a lobster for the skipper.

Paul C on the lift.

Paul C on the lift.

Jeremy, Kris, Ady and Martin queue for the lift.

Jeremy, Kris, Ady and Martin queue for the lift.

Northern Kris on the lift.

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