|From Portmagee 2012|
The Annual trip to Portmagee was again a great success, Members logged over 90 Dives through out the week. I guess the Sunday and Monday were the peak days for members to dive as numbers dwindled as the week wore on.
The South Westerly Swell as opposed to the weather was the only drawback of the week, which directed diving to occur on the Knight’s town side of Valentia. In a way, no harm as the Club have not had the opportunity to focus in diving there in recent years.
Bassalt Cliffs wooed many a diver into having big fat happy grins on their faces after completing their dives on Sunday and Wednesday. It was great to spot Craw, lobster and indeed Donal and Robyn wowed the boat with a feast of Mackerel caught near Bassalt. 53 Mackerel caught. Where are the pictures of the gutting exercise afterwards during the SI. What a feast we had later for supper.
Saturday Morning Day 1. unveiled the numbers using Portmagee as a base for Diving operations. Portmagee was thronged with Divers from Limerick, Galway, University of Limerick and Ocean Divers. Dalkey divers also worked out of the Glen with Willie Kennedy and Inbher Sceine also worked out of the Glen over the weekend also. With all these Dive crews, the Moorings was yet again taken over with the chatter and “tall Tales” of the various Diving experience.
I must personally thank GSAC for allowing to tag along for 2 dives over the course of my stay in Portmagee. Friday night Dive in Echalla was amazing. What a drift, with some amazing life. I also must mention our buddies in UL who invited me for a dive on Bassalt, leading the way to the Club dives on Sunday in the same region.
Lemantaugher, the Coos and the lee side of Long Island and the min channel got a visit on Saturday/Monday. Never a disappointing dive, especially with you can spot the nudibranchs and the odd Craw fish looking at you.
The BBQ was held on Satuday evening, thanks again to Teresa and Co., very enjoyable and more so after the dive with the UL guys in Bassalt. I had worked up a good appetite for it. The chat and tales from diving were great as well as the UL guys popping in a drink and a chat. Memories of Egypt came flooding back as the Sisha Pipe was lit and the aroma of the apple flavour wafted around the conservatory area. Some retired to the Moorings for a chat to hear Aoife recant her dives with Seals on Little Skelligs.
Sunday’s dives out of Knightstown were fab, Bassalt Dives were very enjoyable and especially the recess of the caves/overhangs at the end of that gully. All I need was a buddy with more air.
Tuesday was chosen to catch up on my sleep with opting for coxswain duty. I ventured to the North Puffin with our divers. Not a bad dive by all account. Alas, the only diving out of the Glen by the Club was a night dive on Thursday night. Loads of small stuff out, but, still a 48min dive was a nice bit of exercise for the evening.
Wednesday Club worked out of Knightstown, a glorious days diving on Dolus and Bassalt. Thursday Night Dive out of “the Glen”
Friday Day Off J Relax and chill. Chat and haggle with Michael in the Antiques shop in Cahirciveen, where Teresa picked up Ronnie’s present at Martin’s suggestion.
A new dive spot “the Bull” has now been added to the selection of dive options(thanks gearoid ) , a number of Craw spotted , Loads of nooks to inspect and great fish life up along the northern wall. When we dropped on top of the pinnacle @15m, myself and Mike headed to the drop off only to see a craw ambling through the kelp. That was just the start of a number spotted throughout the dive. I ended going back for another later dive with Emma on it later that evening, J Great diving, another dive limited only to, the Dive time limit of 40mins and I suppose I should mention the cold
Outside of Lemantaugher – Great wall dive, Lots to see. Load of Eninimee, Small fish, nooks to check out, great visibility – a bit of a drift also to make it effortless. I showed Mike Nudibranchs, now he sees them on his dives since? Our stated dive time ran out of 40mins , as opposed to Deco or air limitations. Great diving with Mike.
So another Portmagee trip comes to an end, I regret missing the opportunity to dive out of the Glen, South Puffin, Lemon Rock and the Skelligs. That south westerly did not stop us, thankfully.
Aside from that, we missed some of the usual trippers to Portmagee, time, other factors and commitments are having their impact.
The Fisherman’s and the Moorings always attracts our company. Great food and the craic is mighty. However, Mike still would need a translator for the Fisherman’s.
Will it be Portmagee next year… We ask every year, but, it too easy and enjoyable to consider anywhere else other than Portmagee. I already miss it. Still over 90 dives were logged by 17 members of the club in Portmagee. For those who did not avail.. You missed some great diving and experiences, but, there’s always next year…