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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:
Deco Profile:
 
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
Deco Profile:
 
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
Deco Profile:
 
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:
Deco Profile:
 
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.

10/8/2011 K2 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 209FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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BAUE tech charter on Sunday. Plan A was to head to Big Sur for a Mid-way pinnacle dive but the swells and winds were a little too bad for that. We settled for a dive at K2 main wall. I have not done this dive in a while and I forgotten one
amazing this wall is. It run for about 400ft NW direction and there are a series of nice pinnacle at the north end in the 200ft range. There are usually large school of juv rock fish and people had been seeing a GPO in that area. We didn't see
the GPO but we had a nice time with 40-50ft vis and really nice clean water. We saw several very large lingcods resting on the wall small ledges, and they were very territorial. There was a large school of rock-fish at the shallow 80ft peak and several sheep heads swimming around. During deco we saw 8 inches long fish hiding inside a jelly. It was really cute.
9/25/2011 Nixies aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 53F - 55F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 205FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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BAUE tech charter on Sunday took us to The Nixies in the Yankee Point area. Conditions were better than expected. Its was dark at the bottom, but visibility was in the 20-30ft range with warmer water in the 51-55 degrees.

Highlight of the dive was Grunt Sculpin that Susan found walking about at the bottom, and then she also found a large Pacific Electric Ray. We were able to hang around with both of them with was really nice experience.

There was a strong current toward the top of the pinnacles, and we enjoyed a fun time driving in and out of the current while circling the pinnacle a couple of times.

We surfaced to found nice sunny skies and flat ocean for the drive back.
9/3/2011 Roxies land aboard Escapade by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, John Heimann
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 52F - 55F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:30
Max Depth: 180FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
6,4,4,4,4,15,6 up
 
Don't let the naysayers discourage you, this was a nice divesite! As Beto noted in his trip report, conditions allowed a trip south, and though Sur19/20 were an option we decided to check out a new site Beto had located on sonar maps which he called Roxie Land. Current was strong and consistent, with the exception of a ledge near 145' that had relatively little life other than kelp, so Rob and Clinton weren't able to do a spectacular photo survey of the new site. There were lots of fish on the site however, including lots f vermillion and yellow eye, and a decent collection of nudibranchs. It would be fun to go back to this site in better viz.
9/3/2011 White Cayon aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Joakim Linde, Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 5' - 15' Time:10:30 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 180FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Back on the Escapade for another BAUE tech charter. We were feeling like Bay Area Explorers so we decided to try some new dive sites. This is "dangerous" business as it's impossible to know if the site is good or bad by looking at the sonar that, so you have to take your chances. It might be an ok dive site, or it might be the best site on the whole peninsula waiting to be found.

First dive was a pinnacle south of Sur Banks which looked only like the famous SUR19 and SUR 20 on the sonar data, but about twice the size. The top of the pinnacle at 120ft had more kelp that hydro-corals, which was disappointing but on the other side there were tons of red rock fish: vermilion, yellow eyes and others. We were able to hand around with some quite large yellow eyes which does not happen often, and we also found a nice rat fish on the south end. There was quite a nice current coming from south so we alternate btw scootering south and drifting north. Vis was pretty bad 5-10ft and dark so not the best conditions.

Second dive was at a site north of Carmel. We have been trying to dive it for a while but never got around to it. At this location two parallel walls go for about 400ft in a north-west direction. The base of this canyon is at about 130ft and the top of the wall is at 80ft. We unfortunately hit a layers of bad vis at about 50ft and vis at the bottom was 5-10ft range and dark :-). We followed the cayon for about 400ft, while enjoying the terrain. The walls were all covered with the invading barnacles so they were all white. There were several nice patches of hydrocorals along the ride and some nice scallops. This is definitely a nice to check with better vis. We decided to name this one The White Canyon.

All in all two nice new sites, not the best vis but still a lot of fun.

Sonar data for Roxie

Sonar data for White Canyon

photos for Roxie



8/28/2011 Xanadu aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 100' Time:2:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 201FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
On Sunday we had the Escapade for an all Big Sur tech trip. As always weather does what ever it wants during our tech trips so we ended having a very foggy day (no the F word). We went for breakfast at the Breakfast Club giving some time for the fog to lift, and headed out at about 10am.

There was not hope for BS Banks, and even around Yankee the surface visibility was too low for doing any tech diving.

We finally settled for diving around the Lunaticos/Outer Outer Pinnacles area, and we dropped the downline at one of Wings Stock's diving places, and descended to find 80ft visibility. I can't recalled if I dove this before but by looking at the sonar data it looked like a 800ft long wall in the SE direction. Which such a good visibility Susan and I could not avoid but hitting the based of the pinnacle at about 200ft and headed in SE direction for about 10min. The terrain was great with all kind of towers and canyons to scooter th and tons of vase sponges. Our favorite one had a juv yellow eye sitting at the opening of the sponge. We got to the end of the wall in about 10min and were not 100% sure we'll be able to make it on the west side, so we back-tracked our steps. On the way back we moved east about 100ft from the wall and could easy see John, Clinton and Dionna at the wall. Easy way to navigate.... follow their lights back :-). After about 20min at the base we reached a split on the wall and headed to 150ft for another 20min of playing on the shallow. There were tons of gorgonias and a very nice school of juv rockfish dacing around the top of the pinnacle.

During the end of the day we experienced a very amazing changed in water visibility. We noticed a large shadow around us and as we looked West we could see a dark wall moving towards us. In about 3min vis went from 80ft to 10ft, and it became a night dive as we were engulf by murky water full of invertebrates. On the positive side, that water was 53F which made it for a nice warmer deco.

Here are some images from Rob and CLinton.

Here is a link for a sonar
map of the site.

Another grand day out!

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