Escorted wreck tour with Mike Ward and Bagpuss - MY Hurricane (Feb 11).

Members of SSAC joined MY Hurricane at Sharm El Sheikh in the days immediately following the recent Egyptian revolution to indulge in a week of fabulous wreck diving. We made the most of this quiet time and were the only boat at all of the dive sites. Mirror calm seas, great wrecks and a pleasant 23C water temperature made a welcome change from the cold chill of the UK winter and diver training in quarries.

Itinerary

Day 1-- Emperor Fraser, Kimon M, Giannis D, Abu Nuhas Reef

Day 2 - Chrisoula K, Carnatic, The Barge (2 dives)

Day 3 - Rosalie Moller (2 dives)

Day 4 - Rosalie Moller (2 dives), The Barge (night dive)

Day 5 – Ulysses, Kingston, Thistlegorm, (2 dives)

Day 6 - Thistlegorm, Shark & Yeolanda

Download David Purvis's comprehensive trip report with an account of the trip, many photos, as well as historical, structural and other information on the wrecks.

It was a perfect day. The summer sun shone brightly and the tranquil delights of the Normandy coast beckoned.

Casting off the shackles of day-to-day living, ten divers from Southsea SAC and the Buccaneers assembled in the pretty Norman town of Port-en-Bessin to enjoy seven long hot days filled with great diving, crisp local Cider and amazing seafood - in short "La vie normande". A fishing port for hundreds of years, Port-en-Bessin still ranks as the seventh largest fishing port in mainland France.

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Best known for its abundance of adrenaline pumping top class deep wreck sites and clear waters, the North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland is also a great place to experience spectacular scenic dives and shallow scenic wrecks. As a result, a group from Buccaneer Divers crossed the Irish Sea to complete three days' diving over the May bank holiday and experience "the craic" first hand.

The only dive centre on the North Antrim Coast is Aquaholics based in Port Stewart, which has a subsidiary operation in Ballycastle where we planned to base ourselves as the harbour is directly opposite Rathlin Island making for easy transfers to site. They have two RIBS, a large 11m craft with a side ladder, which takes 10-12 in comfort and a 6m craft which takes 6 divers.

Travelling in our own cars via the Norfolk Line overnight ferry service from Birkenhead to Belfast we disembarked in Belfast at 7am on the Friday giving us plenty of time to drive to the Ballycastle dive centre, settle in and explore the area. Diving operations began on Saturday which was a real "four seasons" day featuring mist, rain and hail before ending in brilliant sunshine.

Our first dive was on the SS Lough Garry. This former Caledonian McBain ferry was pressed into war service as a troop ship and sank with the loss of 29 crew during a gale in January 1942 whilst en route from Glasgow to Oban where she had been due to transport a garrison to the Faeroe Islands to prevent them being used as a U boat base.

Now lying in 30m, she's a lovely dive with lots to see and explore including an impressive boiler and the mount for her stern deck gun.

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