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4/29/2006 Alan's Arch aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 35' - 40' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 105FSW Avg Depth: 80FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:

Despite the big swells and threatening conditions, we managed to get around the point and motored South. Topside conditions were cloudy with some drizzle. Seas seemed somewhat tame.

The anchor was dropped at Arch de Trumph. This was a totally new site for me and my dive buddy Mark Lloyd. Funny, how I only heard the name of the site, depth and which direction is the best diving. It just didn’t occur to me there would actually be an arch to dive through. DOH!!! I guess I was just looking for welcome signs on the Arch!!!! Good excuse for a return back to this site!!!

Mark and I dropped down the anchor, then, once we saw the reef at about 80ish feet, we departed the anchor and swam North bound for a bit and then South West. We went over a reef and descended into some canyons at around 100ft. I was just following the paparazzi and keeping tract of how to get back to the anchor line, depth and time. The cameraman was following the stars which were a few interesting crabs posing on some sponges and of course the Nudribranchs. We were visited by big schools of blue rock fish that were checking us out. This is when a wide angle lens would have been great. Once we were close to our planned bottom time, we ascended up as we made our way back to the anchor line. Once we were back on the 80ft reef, we saw John and Clinton and sure enough the anchor line. We made our ascent up the anchor line. There seemed to have been some current. I looked to my buddy and saw he was okay and looked back to the anchor line and could not see it. I was able to see Clinton and John swimming in the direction of the anchor line though and I looked up and saw the shadow of the boat. Ahhh… there it is!!!

Second dive on “The Needle”. While suiting up we were entertained with old songs and tales by John Heimann and his quartet. His current CD is ready to hit the high sales mark soon. Mark and I descended down the anchor line to find a nice wall. After hearing about the anchor moving, no wonder why I couldn’t find that special crack. We followed the wall at 100ft for some time and went back the other direction. We did see a few large lingcods. The visibility on this dive was very enjoyable. We both enjoyed the topography of the site and some wild surge on our ascent.

A lot of fun on the seas. Special thanks to Jim Capwell and crew for the hearty food and their sole purposes. You can talk to Abigail about this one. hehehehe