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Falmouth 31st July - 2nd August

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:32

I had a 3 day, deeper wreck trip planned to Falmouth. The first wreck was the Rinovia. It was a trawler, converted to a minesweeper that hit a mine. Getting down the shot revealed the viz was once again terrible at around 1m and it was quite dark at 61m. It's not a very big wreck lengthwise, but it is quite tall in places. In that viz, it wasn't easy to make out an awful lot and the wreck itself is quite silty. The sea bed was very soft in the area. Bagging up, the viz dramatically improved at about 43m only to go back to being bad at around 9m.

I forget what the target of the next day was supposed to be, but it was nearer the Manacles and we missed the wreck anyway. The viz was a little better, at around 2m, but after 12 mins of swimming around the sea bed at 66m, I decided enough was enough and came up.

Day 3 and we decided to go shallow and do the Mohegan. It's mostly in 24m, so I made the most of it and did an hour bottom time before coming up and doing a few minutes stops. The viz was better, at around 5m, but it was quite gloomy. Probably the most gloomy I've ever seen it. Again, the viz at 6m was bad, which was cutting out some of the natural light. It was nice and warm on the stops though.

So bad viz seems to be the theme of 2014. The weather's been good, the sea's been flat a lot, but the viz has been very erratic.