The last several weeks have been quite busy for us with teaching classes, and fixing things, and as a result, I feel as though I haven’t had enough time to play with all my toys! I was determined to change that this weekend, as hard as that might have been. We’ve been down with some unplanned engine repairs which took some time to diagnose, causing us to miss a few dives. However, on Saturday afternoon we finally had it all sorted and we took the boat out for a short sea trial—all ran great. With that, we were back in action for diving on Sunday. The weather didn’t want to be kind to us though. The gorgeous day on Saturday gave way to overcast skies, rain and east wind. I’m not complaining about the rain (we need it), but I wouldn’t have minded a real nice day with bright sun and calm seas! Not one bit.
Anyway, we got what we got and as a result modified our plan (back to our original plan actually) and decided to dive the City of Salisbury since it was closer and deeper than the Haight, which probably would not have been optimal in an east wind. We got off the dock and headed out passing through several intense rain and wind squalls before arriving on the City of Salisbury. Our mooring was present, which was a super deluxe bonus for the day. I had already prepared myself for it to be gone, so I was pleasantly surprised it was there. We tied off and we got right to the diving. Scott and I awaited the conditions report. The word was low visibility, maybe 10 feet, dark and current. Oh well.
We suited up. I was diving my brand new TLS350 drysuit, which I bought primarily for travel since it’s ultra light. I have all the zip seal options too, which again makes it an ideal suit for travel. We splashed and dropped down to the wreck. I had the camera and definitely cringed a bit when we reached the wreck—it was not good for photos, for sure. Scott tied off a reel and we headed off in some direction. We ran out the reel nearly to the end before reeling ourselves back. I really had to work the camera and lighting for photos, and it was not easy.
As a quick aside, the City of Salisbury is a really good dive that I think is somewhat underrated. The wreck is mainly in two sections, the more intact bow section, which is in deeper water (70-90 fsw) and then there is scattered debris closer to Graves Light in much shallower water. We are typically diving the deeper section of the wreck, which of course is more interesting than the debris in shallow water. The wreckage closer to Graves Light is fun, but it is scattered debris and there is a lot of boat traffic—too much for my liking generally in summer. This seems to be the part of the wreck most are familiar with. However, the bow section is further away and is an all around good dive. I’d recommend checking it out if you have not.
Anyway, Scott and I finished up our dive and headed up. We had a weird current in the midwater that required some hand over hand pulling to come up the granny line. All in all though, it was a good day and I was glad to be off the dock and diving again. It is hard to believe it’s August already, but there is a lot of good diving to do!
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