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Inis Turk & Boffin

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We crept into Westport Quay and 'come in, she said 'I'll give ya....shelter from the storm''.

We waited there for 4 days until the storm had passed and then we were able to get going again. I got a great invite to eat jumbo prawns at the Idle Wall for a BBC show. Cooked to perfection by Áine.

Even though we were able to get going there was still strong winds and the swell was still knocking about. This seems to be the story of the summer. Constant wind and swell making it extremely difficult getting into the areas that I feel fit with this new project.

Caves and gullies are the choice areas but constant surge makes them very difficult. I will be setting the camera up for a shot on the quodpod and suddenly a surge comes and I am about 3 metres away....luckily the surge brings me back again but it makes it pretty difficult.

 

So we headed off from Westport with Joe our newest team member and spent the next 10 days mainly around Inis Turk with a visit to Inis Boffin trying to get dives in sheltered areas...mainly on the south and east. 

 

Here's one of Ciaran from Carraig Cos Cheim on Inis Turk...

 

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 The Idle Wall in Westport after the best feed of prawns ever!

 

Idle wall

 

Our small outboard engine for the dinghy stopped working so we headed over to Scuba Dive West to try and repair. Andy and Ciaran gave it their best and it seemed to work....for a bit!

 

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We tried this gully on the South side of Boffin....guarded by a fair number of Shags.....

 

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 Here's a 4 second exposure just below the surface from the south side of Turk.....
 
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This one is from the same location....I managed to rest the quodpod on the rocks either side of the crack.
 
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Joe chilling on board in Boffin harbour...
 
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A big shout out to Batchelors...they sponsored all sorts of beans....baked, cannellini, kidney, chick peas.
Here's Ciaran enjoying a fine chorizo and bean casserole predive.....
 
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Talking of Ciaran....he has been an incredible support. Not just an extremely skilled diver, sailor, anchorman but general all round knowledge of the sea and fixer. I go through my air pretty quick trying to take pictures in the surge so in order to help me conserve my air he takes my quodpod until I start taking pictures.....
 
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Oog More....south Turk.....
 
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And another from Oog More looking to the surface....
 
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Inis Turk morning at sunset.....
 
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And we continue our journey of weather dodging and diving!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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