What happened to summer?

The summer started so well.  We had some lovely expeditions in June & July (have a look at our trip to Pembrokeshire).  In July the club went up to Porth Ysgaden and had the best visibility recorded for many a year (some 10 - 15 m so I'm told) whilst diving Maen Mellt.  I wasn't there so cannot verify the claims!  Since then the south westerlies have been blowing and the rain has rarely stopped.  Our trip to Anglesey in early August managed one dive where visibility was 10 - 15 cm! And the August bank holiday trip ended up going to Capenwray. 

So we tried again in early September.  The weather had quietened down & the visibility was reputed to be OK.  So Sautrday morning saw us at Porth Ysgaden again.  The forecast south westerly had swung round more to the west & was picking up.  Nevertheless we head out & prepared to put divers into the water.  A broken fin strap (yes it is a good idea to bring spares on the boat!) saw just one group of three divers going into the water.  The dive started well with OK visibility, but as the depth increased, it deteriorated and after 20 minutes the dive was aborted.  Back on the boat it was clear that the wind was picking up - as was the swell.  Evidence the green faces and a few bodies hanging over the side as we returned to the beach.

With the wind picking up, the boat was recovered and put away and thoughts turned to lunch...  Maybe the next few weeks will see a return to more settled conditions and we can get out again... here's hoping!  No diving pictures, but Lukasz had his drone with him & took some pics as we were putting the boat away.

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