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4/29/2006 Alan's Arch aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 15' - 40' Time:9:30 AM
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Max Depth: 110FSW Avg Depth:  
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Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Well weather had been pretty bad for boat diving in the last couple of months. We have the Escapade for a long range diving south of Point Lobos today and it looked like the weather was going to be a repeat of the rest of the year. There were prediction for 10ft swells, gale force winds and more.

We showed up in the morning to find a calm ocean and a small wind from the south. So we loaded all the gear and headed south. As we approached Yankee point area Jim Capwell was showing everybody his new laminate maps of the area. He stopped for a moment on the map of a dive site called the Arch of Triump. It has been at least 5 years since anybody had dove it on the boat, so we decided to dive it for the first dive of the day. It was not as far south as we wanted to go, but the question was how far south do we want to be when the weather turns to the prediction for the day.

Jim's GPS was perfect for The Arch. The anchor line was on the semi-circular depression just 40 ft from the arch. I've forgotten how cool this arch was. It's probably 50ft across and 40 ft tall. Sue and I took a moment to appreciate it with not divers around. We swam through and Susan went into a small restriction leading to a little chamber. I thought well I have to follow her :-)

On the other side of The Arch we followed a nice wall for 10min. We reached a nice area with tons of gorgonias and quite lot of current. We turned around and headed back. We met with the rest of the divers and hang around the top of the structure for another 10 minutes before heading up the anchor line.

Visibility at the surface was about 10-15ft, and at depth is was better.

We headed back to Stillwater Cove and were giving a very nice soup and sandwiches for lunch.

For the second dive we dove The Needle. A nice pinnacle that goes from 40 ft at the top to about 120 at the base. The moment we reached the pinnacle Susan pointed to me the anchor about to leave the pinnacle. We tried to hook it back but it was not a good idea. Soon after we found Clinton and John, and agreed to forget about the anchor and go diving. Visibility was a phenomenal 70ft and we have to go dive.

Susan and I took our scooters on this dive and enjoyed 30min dives circling the pinnacle. We were able to find the hole on the Needle which is a 6x2 crack in the pinnacle covered with Califonia Sea cucumber. Pretty cool! We looked for the usual GPO in the area and but no luck. There were several big lingcod in the area and very nice hydrocoral also.

After 30min dive we reunited with the other team and head towards the top and for a short deco.

All in all a great day out on the ocean. As they said if you don't go you won't know.