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3/14/2010 Butterfly Outer aboard Escapade by Kenn Hwang -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: August Gugelmann
Visibility: 10' - 18' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 53F - 55F Surge: 8'
Max Depth: 85FSW Avg Depth: 59FSW
Bottom Time: 0:51 Total Time: 0:59
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
It's been several months since we've had good surface condition forecasts, and Sunday looked to continue the down trend. But the ten of us scheduled for the 3/14 Rec Boat on the Escapade decided to cross our fingers and head out anyways, figuring wet was better than not, regardless of predictions.

After motoring down to Carmel, we scrubbed the first site after finding it swamped with a pretty steady current, and retreated to Butterfly House. While the current was gone, the surge was strong, blasting us through, around, over and into the boulders and canyon walls. That, along with limited visibility (~15ft), made navigation a bit of a crapshoot, but we all made our way around and back to the anchor. All in all, it was a great dive and probably well surpassed everyone's expectations!

For the second dive, we all wanted to escape the spin cycle, so we opted to head back into the bay where reports were that the surface was calm and the surge gone. We dove at Aumentos, in slightly greener water and less visibility, but calmer and more relaxing for sure. The teams were able to spread out a bit, and I think we only saw Masao and Vladimir on the whole dive. We pretty much got ourselves lost, but again stumbled across the anchor just as we were about to declare defeat and shoot a bag.

Video up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASCpdUF6PVU