Accommodation: Crosslaw campsite
Skipper: Billy Aitchison, Wavedancer II
Water conditions: Average temperature around 16C, good visibility.
Dive sites: Scullies, Black Carr, Anemone gully, Weazle lock
Divers: Emma Keeley (organiser), Laura Davison, Gareth Jones, Oli Lomax, Pippa Kay, Claudius Kerth, Dave Keogh, Bill Ruskin, Andy Pearce and Claire Reece.
After a speedy journey northwards and the failing attempts of a certain Geordie diver (PhD) opening a fuel cap, we were ambushed by a continual force of rain so the weekend was somewhat damp, this however did not hinder the weekends diving. The diving was excellent! With a late 10.30 ropes off we came to first site, the Scullies, which set the standard for the weekend. With visibility at 10m and life booming there was plenty to see. The rain and the constant surrounding of jelly fish made 3@6 an interesting stop, but our spirits were not dampened except for Dave K who had yet to see a wolf fish!
After a damp and noisy night, the second day of diving brought just as much wonderful life. With a large presence of lobsters, crabs, wrasse, nudis, flat fish, wolf fish (Dave was happy), jellys, occasional conga, cod and ling, we were spoilt for choice. To sum up, a great weekend, lots of life, excellent diving and great company.
Air fills are available on the harbour. The café on the harbour had reasonable lunches available. Our plans to BBQ were
scuppered by the rain, so we had out evening meal at The Anchor in Coldingham. The foods not great, its basic pub grub, but they could seat 10 hungry dives at late notice. It also has the benefit of being a short walk from the campsite.
Billy runs four waves a day and alternates between 1/3 and 2/4 on Saturday and Sunday. If you can get 2/4 on Saturday and 1/3 on Sunday you’ll be able to get away early and be back in Sheffield for teatime. Although there were only 10 on this trip, Billy normally takes 12 divers. Billy easily filled the two spaces when people dropped out at the last minute.
We booked 2 pitches, which was ample space for 3 large tents, 2 small tents and a gazebo. Electricity is available free of charge on the pitches. Despite requesting 2 pitches together (and the pitch opposite us being empty!), we weren’t given side-by-side pitches.
There is no longer a harbour master collecting parking fees, the car park is now pay and display (tickets were checked regularly) so make sure you have enough change.