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Diving weekend at Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 12:35 pm Written by:

An excellent 3 days across and then underwater care of Aquaholics. The ferry departed at 10:30pm from about 5 miles away from our house, and the drive from Belfast to Ballycastle the next morning took under an hour, and then we were on the water.

The weather was excellent (after a week of dire forcast warnings so bad that we expected to get seasick on the crossing), but the viz was awful, even on the North Wall of Rathlin Island with its dropoff of 200m and where normal viz is 20 metres (it was about 3m for us).

Maybe its all that crap from the oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago that’s finally worked its way up on the Gulf Stream. Not that there was much gulf stream in evidence as the water temperature was consistently 7 degrees C — a temperature not usually reached except on a few days in February. Something’s wrong.

But we had a great time. You can see me smiling underwater. I’ll be going again.

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