Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dive Report - Pt Loma 8/19/12

Kelp reaching down into the blue.
Kelp reaching down into the blue.

Date: 8/19/12
Location: Kinane Pass, Pt Loma
Time in: 11:47 am
Time under: 45 min
Max depth: 94 ft
Avg temp: 57 F
Vis: 30+ ft tropical above 20 ft, 10 ft, cold, green and murky below
Buddies: Dave H, Mikey B, Barbara L, Kathy S

Location: Wreck of the Chelsea Lee, Pt Loma
Time in: 2:22 pm
Time under: 55 min
Max depth: 76 ft
Avg temp: 61 F
Vis: 30+ ft tropical above 20 ft, 10 ft, cold, green and murky below
Buddies: Dave H, Mikey B, Kathy S

Photos: http://www.underpressurephoto.com/Dive-Reports/20120819-Scuba-Pt-Loma/

Mikey swims over the wreck of the Chelsea Lee.
Mikey swims over the wreck of the Chelsea Lee.

Highlights: Seeing Kinane Pass and visiting a new wreck - the Chelsea Lee.

I joined the crew on Dave's boat, 'Vacation Station' to do a memorial dive for our dive buddy, NOAA Jim Kinane, in the reef at Kinane Pass. Steve Murvine and a couple of Jims were also diving. Visibility was blue and tropical above the thermocline at about 20 ft and below that it was cold, green and murky, with a slight easterly current.

David examines the wreckage strewn about around the Chelsea Lee.
David examines the wreckage strewn about around the Chelsea Lee.

For the second dive, we motored over the coordinates given to us by Steve for the new wreck of the small sailboat he and Jim Rosenburg found, dubbed the Chelsea Lee. We weren't sure how close we dropped anchor and so started a search pattern north, against the current now pushing south. Just about when we were going to give up and turn the other direction, Dave spotted the outline of the wreck nearby. We had a good 20 minutes on the wreck, which lies in 75 ft of water. Even after the crew of a local dive charter cleaned up a ton of debris, there is still a lot of trash, including a pair of pants, a pair of shoes, an Avatar DVD and other misc stuff. The wreck is lying on it's starboard side, gentle rolling back and forth in the surge.

It was an easy ride back under blue skies.

Scott

The compass and steering wheel on the Chelsea Lee.
The compass and steering wheel on the Chelsea Lee.