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1/1/2012 Midway Pinnacle aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 54F Surge: 6'
Max Depth: 195FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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After a long trip with the relatives and wild deers Jim Capwell finally came back home, and we decided what better way to start the year than a trip on the Escapade. Clinton, Dionna, Joakim, Jim, Susan and myself loaded at 9am on 1/1/12 and headed out to see what conditions were like.

We made it to Yankee Point w/o too many problems, and after a little bit of negotiation we decided to continue to Mid-Way. What better way to start the year than with a BigSur Banks dive.

Jared dropped the ball and it didn't look like much current, but after a while he came back and said it looked like some deep current at the pinnacle. We dropped down and found 30-40ft of vis with spotty current coming from the South. We headed out West looking for all the cute fish and we did find several large ones. Some displaying some territorial behaviour and other just posing for the divers.

We found some nice hydro-coral on the south end of the pinnacle and hung around near the top for the rest of the dive.

My suit developed a leak so we called the dive short, just after 30min.

The landscape was almost as good as the dive with great sunny sky and the amazing mountains in the background. You could clearly see Pico Blanco behind the light-house and most of Garrapata state park. What an amazing place we live on.

Great way too start the year!

Susan wanted me to mention that we saw about 20 whales on the way south, mostly grey whales migrating to the warmer waters of Baja. Lots of spouts and whales tails... making it a fantastic first day of the year.

Pictures here:
12/20/2011 Mount Chamberlin aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Nick Radov, John Heimann
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:5:05 PM
Temp: 54F - 54F Surge: 3'
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time: 0:20
Max Depth: 245FSW Avg Depth: 180FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:41
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
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2s to 80
7,5,5,5,5,25,6 up
Nick and I both had full sets of 104s with 15/55 that we needed to use, and a vacation day set aside on which to use them, so we chartered Phil's RIB and set out for a day of midweek diving. Conditions weren't looking great when we left the launch ramp at Whaler's, but when we got around Yankee Pt. the east wind had subsided (blocked by the ridge?) so surface conditions were pretty nice. We dropped down on a pinnacle that I believe is the southwest side of Mt. Chamberlain, reaching the end of the anchor at about 160'. We dropped down the wall to about 220 and scootered downslope around some boulders to 245', turned, and headed back up a chute which led to the top of the pinnacle at 135'. Between 200' and 160' we saw several species of rockfish, a huge lingcod, lots of corynactus, elephant ear sponges, and gorgonia, and best of all, none of the barnacles that have been afflicting the shallower reefs in the past year. And best of all for me - my new Halcyon scooter performed flawlessly, without a single drop of water inside after the dive. ;^)
12/17/2011 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 53F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 190FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
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The weather was perfect today, nice and sunny as we made our way out of the bay. Jim indicated we could do Lunaticos Annex which to be honest I can't recall doing. The ball was dropped in a canyon between two structures. The canyon ran North to South, the South end being the deeper area. The depth at the bottom of the canyon was about 170. Following the canyon South we descended to about 190 where we found a nice vase sponge with hundreds of Elephant Ear sponges all over the walls around us. We scootered East around a small pinnacle then headed West past a number of other pinnacles. There were at least 5 or 6 other large vase sponges in this area with hydrocoral and more elephant ear sponges. With the great vis we scootered to the end of the reef, turned around and followed our way back to the original canyon. Once back to there we headed North, dropped down on the other side and scootered East where we poked our heads into a small cave. I couldn't see the end of it so we turned around, headed West, again encountering lots of sponges, schools of young rockfish, and a few Ling Cod. We ascended to the 150' level, spent a bit of time checking out the structure, passing a few of other dive teams then shot the bag. The current was virtually non existent and the shot line was visible for much of the deco as were some of the others on deco. Tons of cool looking jellies in the water to keep our interest and after we surfaced we dove into the chicken and brownies. We opted not to do the second dive but the teams indicated the vis was slightly worse but still pretty good. On the way back in a humpback entertained us with about 5 or 6 huge breaches.. fantastic! What a great day.
12/3/2011 East Pinnacle aboard Escapade by Vanessa Young -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, John Heimann, Vanessa Young
Visibility: 80' - 100' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 80FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
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The day started with some whining about the conditions, and potential concern that we would be diving in the bay in some muddy water. We headed out to check the conditions with Mike Minard as Captain and prankster Mikey Bryan. They tried to scare us off and sorta mumbled they wanted to stay in the bay. I had to throw around my weight as "leader" and with a little help from Gary, we decided to head for Carmel.

Clinton, John, and I were first in the water and I heard John say the conditions looked amazing and I thought maybe he was being sarcastic. Dropped to find 80-100ft viz with lots of sea nettles and straight into a large school of blue rock fish. I could see the whole school and the whole dive site. It was incredible. John and I spent some time posing (or attempting with no success) to pose for some pictures for Clinton. We also swam to the other East Pinnacles for a long but successful hydrocoral hunt. On the way back towards the boat it was awesome to be able to see all the other teams of divers. The sea nettles were thick and were dancing in the sun beams.

The surface interval included the usual entertainment, but an unusual lack of food. Too bad, because I know my stomach was empty:/ Instead, we moved the boat about 180 feet and geared up for the second dive.

The conditions were the same epic blue, and Clinton, John, and I found ourself back at someone's favorite patch of hydro coral taking more pictures in the surge. I thought the surge to be particularly fun while attempting photos. Saw lots of big ling cod, more schools of rock fish, and one very friendly sea lion who was giving us a real show. I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera as the sea lion swam right over Clinton and his camera while Clinton was looking everywhere to get his picture of him. The sea lion just dangled in his blind spot and seemed to be singing "catch me if you can."
I began to wonder what happened to the sea nettles, when the most dense school of jellyfish I have ever seen came into sight. The sun was in full force and only brightened the orange and red tentacles. It was indescribably beautiful and hands down the best jellyfish school I have ever seen. Better then my experience in Palau, Jellyfish Lake. Again, kicking myself for not having my camera.

The boat had to come pick us up because we were having so much fun following the jellyfish. We hurried back to the dock with a brief pause for a large pod of very small common nose dolphins. They were on the bow of the boat for a little while and then we headed for lunch at Phat Burger.

Amazing day. Clinton's pictures can be seen here:
11/20/2011 Deep E3 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge: 8'
Max Depth: 205FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Today we were close to cancel the Escapade Tech trip due to bad weather but Capt Jarod decided to man up and go check it out in the morning. The winds were strong from the south but we were able to make it to the North side of Point Lobos. Once we got there conditions were good enough to go diving. We settled for Deep E3 and we dropped down to find 80-100ft of blue clear water. We were so glad we didn't cancel.

Teams dropped down to find an aquarium like conditions with tons of fish and amazing vis. We checked out the purple sea fan at the base on the pinnacle, and then we went for a loop on the north side on the pinnacle. We found a large toquina on the sand and another pink nudibrach. We saw several large vase sponges, one of them with 100 of brittle stars on it. We could see Rob and Allison about 80ft away so we used them for navigation aid and explore the reef to the north of Deep E3.

At the top of the pinnacle there were many red gorgonias moving with swells and many juv. yellow eye rock-fish, and large school of blue rockfish.

Visibility was so good teams motored from Deep E3 to E3, and the kitties made it to D3.

After the dive we swam with Risso dolphin!! They came close in several occasions and on one of them Susan saw a dolphin play with a piece of kelp, similar to what they do in Kona, where they move objecst btw their fins.

Not bad for almost a canceled day ;-)

Here are some images from Rob and Clinton.

11/6/2011 K1 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 53F Surge: 6'
Max Depth: 195FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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This weekend forecast was terrible and it looked like we were going to have cancel both tech diving day. Saturday there were very large swells and strong winds so the day got cancelled. Saturday night the winds dropped down quite a lot and the swells went down about 6ft, so we were able to get out on Sunday. With 6-8ft swells we made it to K1 and deployed the teams: Jim, Susan and Beto, Clinton and Ted, and Doug and Eric.

The down-line was at 80ft on the top of the pinnacle and we motored NW and down the wall. At the north end we found some very large lingcods, several large basket stars, some cute little octopies on the sand. We located a large overhand and we spend time going in and out of it. At 150ft we encountered a large ball of juv. rock-fish and we took turns scootering into them. Way cool!

The shallow area of the pinnacle has some really cool walls and tons of rock-fish at the top of the pinnacle.

During deco we had tons of jellies and some several little pompano fish inside some brown jellies.

Images from Clinton.

All in all great to go diving!
10/29/2011 Unknown Location aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 30' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 51F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 165FSW Avg Depth: 82FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:21
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL80
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Two dives on the Escapade today, one at a new site, the other at Outer Pinnacles. The water looked very flat in the bay so we were thinking it would be nice further out. As we rounded the corner it did get a bit choppy with the wind but still pretty good conditions. The water on the site was a bit green and as we dropped down it was dark with about 30 or so feet of vis. We headed south to the deeper part of the dive of 165' and slowly circled the huge pinnacle. I love being on the scooter trigger so the size of this dive site was to me fantastic. It just kept on going and going. We past Ben, Erik, and Doug poking around in some barnacles, and John, Clinton, and Matt, scootering in the opposite direction. There was a lot of the barnacles with some clear areas and lots of sheer walls. Not much hydrocoral but the structure was very interesting. At depth there were quite a few lingcods of all sizes. There was a very big school of rockfish at the top of the reef to give us some entertainment which putting up the bag. I had so much fun I could of stayed another 30 mins easily. After surfacing and chowing down on the chicken and brownies we made our way over to the Beach Hopper to make sure they were ok as their engine was not working correctly. After help arrived we made our way over to Outer Pinnacles to our second dive. Since the current was a bit strong we took our scooters again which was the right decision. Zooming down the canyons, whizzing past all the hydrocoral, yeeeeee haaaaawwwww ... another fun dive. I think Dionna was just hoping we would find our way back to the boat, which we did.
10/28/2011 K2 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 25' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 209FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:45 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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After about 1 month of teaching I finally got to do a fun dive. Not that teaching is not fun just different kind of fun :-)

Jim, Allison, Ted and myself dove T2 pinnacle out of Yankee Point. Visibility deteriorate from last week epic diving to about 20ft and a little dark at depth, and the red-tide is in full action inside the bay, and rumors are it's also at Lobos.

Jim and I motored north on the main wall and found a nice Rat Fish half way. We hanged around for a couple of minutes as it was pretty friendly one. At the north end we found 5 basket starts, some of them quite large. We were looking for the purple sea fan but no luck this time, maybe it deeper....

On the way up we found several large lingcods and huge school of rock fish at the top of the pinnacle.

SMB deployment was challenging for both team as the bags got entangled with the down-line and also with each others. It was quite a lot of exciting from 70 to 50ft. Better than any class trick I could pull out ;-)

Nice to go fun diving :-)

10/28/2011 The Needle aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Leah Vieta, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 25' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 112FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:18
Bottom Gases: EAN32,21/35Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL80
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Leah and I had last Friday off and conditions looked good so we took the opportunity to do some diving off of Phil’s boat. After some discussion back and forth we decided on diving the Needle. Neither one of us had ever dove the site before so it was a chance to see something new.
After a quick load up and launch of Phil’s RIB we motored out to the site and went through our gear checks. For this dive we were using 21/35 and spend some time deeper before ascending to conduct a second portion of the dive on 32%.
On the way down we passed by a nice school of rockfish before hitting the western portion of the wall. We started circumnavigating the pinnacle counter clockwise and immediately noticed the barnacle invasion had clearly made it was to the site.
Even still though there was good bunches of hydro coral that were looking very healthy and quite a large number of decorator type crabs on the site. At one point we counted at least five of them in a small area. Apparently they were all playing pretty nice. Another unusual aspect was the very large numbers of sea urchins on the site. Several large urchins and many smaller ones were out in the open with out a care in the world. Apparently the sea otters have not found this honey hole yet.
Swinging around the backside we stopped to admire several large lingcods as well as a “ginormous” vermillion. He had to be at least 50 pounds!
Coming up to our shallower portion of dive we got to admire the healthy walking stick kelp and explored the south side of the pinnacle. Here is where the sites color all seems to be concentrated. The entire wall is covered in pinks and lavenders of corynactis as well as several healthy colonies of sponges and other invertebrates.
A bit later we shot the bag and headed for the surface after a bit of time on deco where a sea lion decided to dive bomb us. What a wonderful site that is perfect for an R3 dive.
10/9/2011 The Needle aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Mark Lloyd, Masao Yoshimura
Visibility: 50' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 90FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:00
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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A small group of BAUE divers met up for the BAUE rec. boat. Organized by the one and only "Vanessa Young". We set out and motored around the corner. There was some significant swell, but, we prevailed. The anchor was dropped at the Needle and we all geared up. I dove with Clinton and Mark dove with Vanessa and Massao. We thought it would be a dark dive due to the patchy fog. Once we got down, the whole reef opened up to 65-80ft of vis. Yeeehaaw. The Barnacles are still there. :-( We were able to see a large lingcod and cabezon. Many large patches of hydrocoral.

The second dive was at Outer Pinnacles. I dove with Mark and Massao. The vis held up to about 60ft. Fun antics on the dive!! hehehe... Many jellies on the deco.

Everyone came up with big smiles after every dive.

Mark showed me some of his dance steps of the Cha Cha, the Rhomba and whatever we decided to name the dance.

Great Dive.

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