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A nice anchorage at Keem changed over night as the winds veered to easterlies. Uncomfortable to put it mildly so we headed off to find a dive site. We had heard tell of some epic locations near Achill head facing south west. Wind was from the East so we started looking for some interesting topside topography.
 
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We came across this spot and felt it could be interesting underneath…..A narrow gulley with tonnes of boulders wedged in.
 
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We geared up, swam across and here is one of Ciaran just before we descended.
 
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It certainly didn’t disappoint. The feeling I get by dropping into these gullies is like passing through some gateway to a sacred chamber or tomb.
A gateway to the underworld. Such a powerful emotion comes over me that it is difficult to hold onto my air. I am excited by my surroundings, I am using a tripod (Quodpod) that has 4kgs attached to it. My air goes quick!
I have to be efficient with my decisions, executions and movements. Each dive I am improving.
 
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On returning to the surface the forecasted gales had already started. This proved difficult for us getting back to the boat. A full on swim later and we were aboard and making a run for Westport to hide from the storm.
 
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Back to Westport and we have to say goodbye to Matt, who’s making the documentary, legendary crew and cameraman. You’ll be missed amigo.
 
 
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Here’s a wee one of Ciaran, Matt and I reviewing some images.
 
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Tuesday, 7th of July, we finally got plan B on the go. Although it seems the wild Atlantic weather systems are not finished with us yet…..strong winds and heavy swells are continuing to batter us. Not ideal diving weather! I started getting a cold the day before we left. Still, we persevered, loaded the boat and set sail as far as Killala on the first night. Des. our skipper, Matt, the documentary guy, Ciaran, the dive guru and me…..photo guy! A skeleton crew from what was originally planned for Greenland but we’re up for the challenge!
We left Killala on Wednesday morning hoping for a dive at Dun Briste at Downpatrick Head but the swell was too high. Zero chance of diving. Typical…. I have chosen these epic locations that are exposed to the severe winds and swells….and this summer is a turbulent one.
 
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Saw some basking sharks on route…

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We returned to Kilcummin, took up a mooring and got battered by swell for the night. We managed a quick tour of Killcummin where General Humboldt landed in 1798. 

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On Thursday we tried again for a dive at Dun Briste and this time we managed to get in.

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We did a full 360 of the stack as it was the least amount of surge.
For all you non divers out there…diving involves a lot of gear and particularly underwater photography.
I am trying to do some long exposures with my underwater quodpod from Anchor Dive Lights.
 
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My idea was that I would assess the dive first with just the camera and lights and return to the spots on a second dive with the quodpod.
I have 4 KGs attached to the tripod so it makes diving with it difficult. This is a luxury that doesn’t seem to be possible as the weather prevented us getting a second dive in. This means from now on I need to dive with the quodpod. This makes diving way more difficult and my air consumption is much higher. I also have to be careful to dump air in my drysuit before letting it go or I will shoot to the surface.
Having said all that, Dun Briste was a fantastic dive, full of life and interesting rock formations. I have ear marked a few places that hopefully I can get back to when the weather is better.
 
We headed on to Rinroe for safe anchorage although the winds were howling from the south. Another rocky nights sleep and next morning we filled our tanks with air. Not much space so careful coordination is required.

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The same goes when charging batteries for cameras, lights, phones, iPads etc etc etc!

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On Friday we managed to find a sheltered spot just east of Portacloy which was sheltered from the south winds and the SW swell.
We were able to anchor the boat and Ciaran and I got 2 dives in here.
 
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Here’s a shot a got on the second dive.

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Parsons Rock

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The Stags, hoping to dive them on this journey.

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Des, the esteemed Doctor, left us on Friday evening at Rinroe and we headed for Rossport as there was some heavy winds coming. Rossport has excellent anchorage but we were once again battered by the wind. Rossport locals (Sean from Dennys bar and Barney) were very friendly and provided us with showers, a small shop and a lift to a garage to top up on fuel. 
 
Hopefully now we are establishing a bit of a workflow. Weather reports are for more swell and winds so it’s all messing up the visability. 
We live in hope……!


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