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San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 CHANNEL ISLAND DIVING ON THE Scuba club had the other half just like last year. DIVE BOAT PEACE Aug. 14-16, 2005 There were a total of 23 divers this year. Our 1st from the dive log of Norm Knutson dive was at “Window Pane” in 65 degree temp. Visibility was only about 25 Some people only focus on the main event or feet the first day but got up to 70 feet destination, but I actually enjoy the trip on day 2. Lobsters were quite down there. It seems like only abundant and even saw a big Moray yesterday that we did our last annual Eel in a rock hole. As usual, my three Channel Island dive trip. Gone are buddies, Jim Vallario, Ray Will and Pam the days of getting off work at 5pm Radkey abandoned me but I ran into them at and making a mad dash to be on the end of the dive. They either looked the boat by midnight. Now, disapointed that I showed up or gave me that “what some of us take the day off and happened” look. Either way, it looked good when enjoy the drive down trying to we all surfaced together. solve the problems of the world, gossip or just listen to our favorite driving music We motored over to Pyramid Cove and dove a spot with a mandatory stop for lunch in Soledad or some called Sun Point. There was a nice wall that led to a other small town along Hwy. 101. Just trying to add couple of swim thrus, lots of lobsters. We noticed to my memory bank of good times of yesterday. that the Sheephead are a lot smaller than they used to be. They used to be so big and mean looking. This After a smooth crossing of the Santa Barbara was one of those dives that I enjoyed slowly cruising channel we woke up next to San Clemente Island. up through the kelp to the surface. The S.F. Reef Divers had half the boat and the Marin Continue on page 4 DON’T FORGET: SEPTEMBER 21 SEPTEMBER 21 SEPTEMBER 17 – MONTEREY GENERAL MEETIING GENERAL MEET NG DIVE CLEAN-UP Come and join us at Sinbad’s to meet up ORGANIIIZERS:: ORGAN ZERS RGAN ZERS with the Marin Skin Divers. SAN FRANCIIISCO REEF DIIIVERS AND THE SAN FRANC SCO REEF D VERS AND THE AN RANC SCO EEF VERS AND HE CENTRAL CALIIIFORNIIIA COUNCIIIL OF DIIIVIIING ENTRAL CAL FORN A COUNC L OF D V NG CENTRAL AL FORN A OUNC L OF V NG CLUBS IINC.. ((CENCAL)) CLUBS NC CENCAL LUBS NC For Entertainment Pierre and Gerda will show pictures from their last trip to Where: Wharf II in Monterey Socorro and previous trips to Alaska on (next to Del Monte Beach) Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Nautilus Explorer. Parking: Free until 3 p.m. Land check in: 8:00 a.m. Dive 9:30 a.m. BBQ: 1 p.m. on beach Prize Awards: 1:30 p.m. 1 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 Der Stammtisch 2005 SFRD OFFICERS “Bond, James Bond” a by now familiar and classic refrain to an inquiry from a woman; an President Gene Kramer (650) 359-2785 always unfailingly attractive woman, invariably email@example.com followed by a cigarette chosen from a gunmetal gray case and lit by a battered black Ronson Premier Varaflame lighter. If you came of Vice President Steve Neff (4150 876-4686 smoking age during a certain era, you’ll firstname.lastname@example.org remember this lighter, it was sleek and marked you as the kind of guy who when he threw a Treasurer Pierre Hurter (415) 285-6293 party, provided a keg of Michelob for the guests. email@example.com Webmaster Curt Degler (707) 570-0457 firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Gerda Hurter (415) 285-6293 Editor email@example.com Entertainment Ken Gwin (415) 648-7046 Committee firstname.lastname@example.org AMCR Gene Kramer (415) 339-2785 Representative email@example.com Smoking has recently lost its pride of place, but when it was cool, the British did it best. CenCal Debra Gilmore There were Balkan Sobranies, filter less and ten Representative firstname.lastname@example.org to a tin, Black Russians, a matte black tube with a gilt gold filter, and one of my favorites, Membership Armin Luggen (415) 479-3240 English Ovals. And of course Bond’s cigarettes, Chairperson email@example.com upwards of 60 a day, a blend of Turkish and Balkan tobaccos, put up for him by Morland’s of Grovesnor Square. They featured three gold bands on the filter, probably signifying his rank of Commander in the Royal Navy. It was an era where you found ashtrays at your doctor’s waiting room, you smoked at the supermarket, in airplanes, the teachers lounge and Frank Sinatra smoked while singing. For those who were in the service you’ll remember getting those little 4-packs of cigarettes, Pall Mall, Luckies, Winston, Salem and Benson & Hedges Menthol, along with a plastic toothpick labeled “interdontal stimulator” some matches, Payments for membership and activities gum and toilet paper samples. All this in a should be mailed to: sealed brown plastic pouch lying on top of the cardboard box containing the C-rations or meal, Pierre Hurter combat individual if you prefer. I credit C- 515 Diamond Street rations for my fondness for Tabasco sauce and my habit of always having a roll of toilet paper San Francisco, CA 94114 near at hand. Continue on page 4 2 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 REEFER’S RAP 2005 JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH 01 - New Year’s Day - Breakwater 02 - Officers Meeting 02 - Officers Meeting 05 - Officers Meeting 12 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) 05 - Birthday Beach dive - Gerda 15 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) 16 - Meeting - Sinbad’s 12 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) 19 - Meeting - Sinbad’s 16 - Meeting - Sinbad’s APRIL MAY JUNE 02 - Abalone Opener - Fort Ross - 04 - Officers Meeting 01 - Officers Meeting CenCal 07- Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) 11 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) - Sun 06 - Officers Meeting 18 - Meeting - Sinbad’s 15 - Meeting - Sinbad’s 09 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) – Sat 21 - 22 Scuba Show 2005 TBD - Abalone Closer 20 - Meeting - Sinbad’s Long Beach Convention Center 27 - 29 Channel Islands Aqua Safaris – 831-479-7380 JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 01 - Channel Island Payment Due 03 - Officers Meeting 04 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) - Sun 06 - Officers Meeting 04 - Pt. Lobos Dive Pierre - 415.285.6293 09 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) - Sat. 13 - 16 - Channel Islands 07 - Officers Meeting 20 - Meeting - Sinbad’s 17 - Kayaking the Caves of Santa 09 - 11 - Lake Tahoe Dive Cruz Island - Norm Knutson Norm Knutson 510-381-1670 17 - Monterey Beach Cleanup 19 - 21 Camping - Salt Point Debra Gilmore Marc Linowitch 925-437-7771 21 - Meeting - Sinbad’s TBD - Abalone Opener OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 05 - Officers Meeting 02 - Officers Meeting 07 - Officers Meeting 08 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) - Sat. 16 - Meeting - Sinbad’s - Officer 10 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) - Sat Pierre - 415.285.6293 * Elections!!! Pierre - 415.285.6293 * 14 - 16 - Camping at Van Damme 19 - Cypress Sea - (3 Dives) - Sat. 21 - Meeting - Sinbad’s - Christmas with Sacramento Seahorses Pierre - 415.285.6293 Party!!! 19 - Meeting - Sinbad’s – Officer 26 - 27 - Abalone Closer Nominations !!! Loretta 415.305.7517 3 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 Channel Islands 2005 from kelp was so thick you could Tragically, they were both killed page 1 almost walk on it. Saw three in a mountain climbing accident. Moray Eels, lobster and great Anyway, just another example of Then it was off to East End and geological formations. The next the Swiss connection and perhaps the sun started to come out which dive we saw a Bat Ray at Cat partially explains my affinity to made the diving conditions seem Canyon, Spanish Shawl the character, though his early much better. Our 4th dive that nudibranchs and then to make it preference for carrying a .25 day was at a place called “The even more interesting, dozen of caliber Beretta in a chamois Bluffs”. The big wall here was seals decided to check us out. I shoulder harness has always been not as prolific of life like found a nice long and narrow somewhat disconcerting. Monterey/Carmel but was swim through at one end. I liked different. The night dive had lots it so much I went through this 4 By now you might be of lobsters running around and it times during the dive. On top of wondering what any of this has to is always fun to do the mandatory this reef, it looked like an do with diving, well just go to light show of waving your hands aquarium with the bubbles your nearest video store and get a to watch the bioluminescence. coming through the reef from the copy of Thunderball. The movie Day 2 we woke up next to divers bubbles below. What a begins with a meeting between Catalina Island. However when sight! I ran into a Sea Hare that I “M” and Bond during which 007 we woke up, we assumed it must found quite attractive and became is informed that his latest physical have been quite windy during the friendly with it. (Don’t ask, my delivered terrible results due to night because all of our dive gear picture is already on the Sea Hare his drinking and habit of smoking was off the back of the boat and post office). Susan Reneberg sixty cigarettes a day. As a result, inside the galley. What actually pointed out some Light Bulb “M” sends Bond on a vacation to happened was a diver from the Tunicates which are always quite a health farm in the country so Marin dive club felt chest pains unusual to look at. that he can rest and get away and was fatigued during the night. On the way home, we stopped from the office and work off No chances were taken so Eric in San Luis Obispo for dinner and some of these bad habits. Upon had a helicopter make a midnight a change of driver. Great his return Bond is a new man, pickup. We later found out that it memories added to the ol memory having a new diet and smoking was not diving related and he is bank and looking forward to the considerably less. This "new" ok now. The diving was so good next Channel Island trip. Bond is ready for action when at Ship Rock on this first dive MI6 receives a communiqué from today that we asked Eric ( boat a new terrorist organization, captain/owner) to keep us here all Stammtisch from page 2 S.P.E.C.T.R.E.; short for Special morning. I ran into an octopus Executive for Counter- moving around the rocks and a In fairness, the development of intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Horn Shark. Visibility was a the rations also led to what is and Extortion. decent 70 ft. The temperature probably the finest item of What follows is the usual even increased to 69 degrees. equipment ever developed by the combination of hijacked military We saw the remains of a old sail US military, the P-38 folding can aircraft, the Vindicator, duped boat ship wreck. There were lots opener. Ostensibly named for the NATO observer, the Bahamas, an of schools of fish swimming number of punctures, 38, which it eye-patch wearing villain, Emilio through the thick kelp. The walls took to open the standard 12 Largo, a magnificent yacht, the and canyon near the anchor ounce can in the rations. Disco Volante. All followed up reminded us of the Temple of with a bit of betrayal, murder, the Doom in the Indiana Jones movie. Back to James odd nuclear warheads aboard the The afternoon diving was also Bond, the first jet and the announcement by spectacular at Bird Rock with a novel, Casino S.P.E.C.T.R.E. threatening to nice swim through and Royale made its destroy a major city unless a nudibranchs all over. debut almost the ransom of £100,000,000 is paid. Day 3 we woke cruising to same year as I This plan is dubbed "Plan Santa Barbara Island. The dive did. As an aside, Omega" by Ernst Stavros Blofeld was actually a smaller island next it might be worth and is overseen by Largo, who at to Santa Barbara Island called noting that this point has the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Sutil Island. Great vis. of 70ft on James’s father designation "Number 1". our 1st dive of the day but the was Scottish, his mother, Swiss. Continue on page 6 4 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 PAUL CLARK PAUL CLARK AUL LARK evening before. Our rented gear screeches echoed and chasing the MEMORIIAL KAYAK TRIIP MEMORIAL KAYAK TRIP EMOR AL AYAK R P was quickly stowed away and we very birds which had been AUG..17,,2005 were off to Scorpion Harbor one disturbed by our entrance. AUG 17 2005 UG of the two landings on Santa Cruz By Norm Knutson Island. The passage was spent As darkness engulfed me, my sipping hot tea and coffee and eyes slowly grew accustomed. After the Channel Island dive reminiscing the last few days Shadows seemed to dance on the trip on the Peace, a group of us while watching a large pod of dark forbidding water and ragged spent an extra night in Ventura dolphins riding the bow’s wave. edges of the cave’s walls, and I and took the Island Packers boat felt myself moving back in time. I to Scorpion Anchorage at Santa Once onshore we, well let’s heard the sound of a magnificent Cruz Island. The kayak store just say we assembled the kayaks organ and starring hard into the surprised us by charging us less on Reefdiver’s time and set out to darkness fully anticipated to see that what was quoted. Instead of sea to explore the caves that lay Hansel and Gretel’s Witch’s $24 dollars ALL DAY, they only south and north from us. Kitchen being illuminated. charged us $20. This group consisted of Jim and Mary Chris We had left the mainland and It felt as if I was back taking a Vallario, Tim Howe, Ray Will, encroaching fog bank behind and ride on the Grottenbahn “Ride in Pam Radkey, Ron Cohen, found ourselves now bathed in a grotto” in the heart of Vienna’s Natasha Yankoffski and Norm warm sunshine which danced Wurstel Prater “Vienna’s main Knutson. We gathered on the with brilliant sparks over the Amusement Park” at the beach on Santa Cruz Island next surface. The paddles dipped restaurant Zum Walfisch, the to our kayaks and remembered quietly into the blue green clear “Whale Restaurant”. Paul Clark, Reef Diver and friend water propelling us to our first to all that knew him. I know if cave. This ride first opened in 1898 and Paul went with us on this trip, he is considered the oldest electric would have wanted to kayak from The dark entrance grew bigger amusement park ride in Europe. Ventura. But we took the easy and bigger, looming, waves One was transported way with the Island Packers ferry. crashing deep inside, beckoning from grotto to The crossing over was overcast us, promising adventure. grotto, to the but as we got to the island, the music of a sun came out and we were treated Listening and watching majestic to ideal kayak conditions. We Pierre being organ on explored tunnels and caves and swallowed by the ‘the kayaked along the cliffs of the darkness, I back island. It was a beautiful of a experience and highly recommend this to anyone. KAYAKIING KAYAKING AYAK NG ON ON ON MEMORY MEMORY EMORY LANE LANE ANE By Gerda Hurter giant Dragon’. What better way to end this year’s Channel Island trip then to The Dragon wound it’s head out to Santa Cruz Island to way through pitch black explore it’s caves. followed, tunnels to come to a rest in a feeling my neck brilliantly lit grotto depicting Norm Knudson, Ray Will, Tim hair rise while fairy tail scenes like A visit to the Howe, Pam Radkey, Jim and cautiously working my kayak into land of the Gnomes, Hansel and Mary Chris Vallario, Ron and the dimming, fading light. Gretel’s Witch’s Kitchen, famous Natasha met up with Pierre and I operettas and natural at the Island Packers ferry The sounds grew more hollow phenomenon such as The North docking station just a couple and intense, waves crashing in the Pole or On the Bottom of the Sea. hundred feet from where we had dark with heavy thumbs, water disembarked the Peace the dripping from the walls, piercing Continue on page 6 5 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 Memory Lane from page 5 beautiful girl or two, and then the Gerda and I made our way down grand dénouement which involves Highway 101 hooking up with the After a while the Dragon started an orgy of hose cutting, masks Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to move again, heading through being torn off in the best and finally arriving in Ventura another dark tunnel to the next traditions of Mike Nelson, just at some time after we left home. scene. a much larger scale and with way We’d taken our time, stopping in more spear gun duels. San Luis Obispo for BBQ and While everyone was always Turkey nuts a local specialty at sorry to move on it was always Filmed entirely in Caribbean McClintock’s on the main drag. with anticipation to see what was locales, Thunderball has some This was my fourth time aboard next. remarkable underwater scenes; the Peace, Gerda’s third. Another some say it helped to popularize stop was in Santa Barbara, at I grew up ridding this weekend scuba diving. Shake up a couple Blue Water Hunters to check out attraction, mesmerized by the of martinis and rent or download some Kevlar soled booties that I music, the darkness and it the next time you feel the urge had been told would evoke an brilliantly lighted stages. It was a for some vicarious diving almost Zen experience. They fantastic world one could dive pleasure. were OK, but I think I’ll stop in at into, a fantastic microcosm for our own Otter Bay and take a Old and Young to explore on the I’d mentioned the joys of BBQ look at their custom boots before back of a Dragon. And it all or more accurately grilling last I get too excited. Anyway, we started by being swallowed by a month. I didn’t fully realize just made it to Ventura on one tank of gigantic leviathan as the entrance how intertwined the BBQ is with gas just in time to hook up with was the huge orifice of a Whale. modern American life. Take for some other Reefers and enjoy a This was a medium that enabled example the 4th of July holiday; quite dinner and a drink or two. one to experience a world beyond we managed to eat some 150 the everyday and to explore ones million hotdogs. According to On the way down I was soul … I think Paul Clark would the Barbeque Industry listening to a story on the radio have loved it. Association three of every four concerning gas prices, it turns out American households own some that Santa Barbara and the Bay sort of grill. The most popular area have the highest gas prices in Stammtisch from page 4 items to char are hamburgers, the state. Now I understand steaks hot dogs, supply and demand, or at least I Into this fray comes James thought I did, so how is it Bond who hooks up with his old that the two places buddy Felix Leiter of the CIA, that actually have you’ll remember Felix, he refineries lost an arm and a leg the and in last time he worked the with James. Then case there is the beautiful of Santa girl, Domino, the NATO Barbara, observers sister and well oil wells, you can see where all this is the gas costs going. In-between the action, more than in one of the better quotes from a other places. I Bond movie; after making love to pondered that as I enjoyed the the evil Fiona Volpe: “My dear chicken and glow of the refineries flare-off in girl, don't flatter yourself. What I spuds in that order. the near distance. Probably has did this evening was for Queen something to do with and country. You don't think it If you’ve stayed with me this transportation costs. gave me any pleasure, do you?” far, I’m going to segue into a dive Add a bottle of Dom Perignon 55 report. There are some folks out I have to confess, I really like (though I recall he usually prefers there who have this desperate the Peace. It’s not a well the 53), an American nuclear need to read one in every column. reasoned point of view since I submarine, followed by a massive I say, bully, write up an underwater chase, another adventure, but until then … Continue on page 7 6 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 Stammtisch from page 6 the Island Packers and headed for recommend the place and you Santa Cruz Island one of the five could be forgiven for continuing haven’t been on any of the other islands which make up the on. Once inside munching on boats that ply the Channel Channel Islands National Park. your Maguro, you’ll be glad you Islands. The Peace was my first We landed at Scorpion took the chance. The drive home liveaboard, when I was a green Anchorage and proceeded was uneventful, with Friday being neophyte (versus the seasoned kayaking along the coast, spent rinsing and soaking gear, neophyte) and I was a newbie to exploring the caves and crannies the garage festooned with the club. I still remember sharing while Tim pointed out the variety dripping gloves, fins and odds one of the middle bunks with the of bird life specific to the area. and ends. plywood barrier between me and The day went buy quickly and my bunkmate, reminded me of after an hours boat ride back to Stop the presses, this just in, the colonial practice of Ventura, we headed our separate another dive report! For those “bundling.” ways. who haven’t been on the Cypress Sea for awhile it is worth noting At ten pm we slipped the Gerda and I decided to stay that they leave at 07:00 sharp! mooring lines and headed for San another night and explored the When we arrived at 06:30, Xcott Clemente Island. Next morning old downtown. It’s an intriguing was already on the dock after some stick to the ribs reminder of what most welcoming aboard that morning’s oatmeal and a hot cup of coffee, downtowns once looked like, divers. We spent Sunday of we made our first dive at Window before the advent of malls and Labor Day weekend aboard the Pane. Great dive followed up by “big box” retailers. Back when Cypress Sea heading south chocolate chip cookies and a nap everything you wanted, or towards, Flintstones, Mal Paso topside on the Lido deck. I think everything you could get anyway, and finishing off at Aumentos the best dive site on this trip was was located on ones side or the Reef. It seemed a fitting way to at Ship Rock on other of Main celebrate the holiday. We had a Santa Catalina Street. The fairly full boat for a change, Jim, Island. We made men’s store Norm, Pam, David, Steve, Jan, three dives here would almost Loretta plus Gerda and I. The with the visibility invariably have other half of the boat was also upwards of 50 a large scale full. Aside from some wave feet. This is also sitting in the action after the second dive, where our middle of the conditions where good. adventure began, entryway, and Elliot, of the that would On our first dive at Flintstones, Marin Skin usually be a the visibility was around 50 feet, Divers was sort of horse with the water temperature not far medivaced by the shoe shaped removed at 52 degrees. We Coast Guard. affair with shop dropped down to the triple digits The jury is still windows along and explored the metridium fields out on whatever the sides and and then slowly worked our way may have caused the door in the up to the 70 foot range and his aches and back behind the explored the corinactus covered pains, but in the end it seems to scale. Our first night downtown walls. No surge to speak of and have ended well for all involved. we had migrated to the Annacapa no current, great dive on this spot. Turns out that as a club we have Brewery. The next dive was at Mal Paso, some history with this sort of the visibility had dropped off a thing, Jim and Norm debated at On our second evening we went bit, but still a good dive as we length just how many medivacs in search of a sushi bar headed back to the anchor, we there have been, but there have recommend by Ron and Natasha, found a small group of divers all been several. Good reason to keep they having been sent there by the looking for the same thing, the your gear stowed all the time. Peace’s cook, Trish. If you are anchor line. No luck, the boat ever in the need of a sushi fix in had pulled free, so we all made After the adventure of the Ventura, head straight for the our way slowly towards the Channel trip a few of us decided Seaward Sushi Restaurant. From to regroup the following day at outside appearance gives little to Continue on page 8 7 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 Stammtisch from page 7 have a chance to do a little our dive master Kevin happened comparing recently after going on to glance at someone’s computer surface, again no current so the the Channel Islands Peace trip in and then look away with a wince. swim to the back to the boat August and the Monterey Cypress Remember boys and girls when wasn’t far. Sea trip just last week. your computer is flashing “error” The water temperature is the so are you! We sat out the third dive at most obvious difference. There The Cypress Sea trip was Aumentos and instead enjoyed were as many people diving wet without incident except for the the sunshine and vegetated on the as dry on the Peace and few end of the first dive. We rounded deck. A great way to celebrate complained of cold. Even the fish the pinnacle to where the anchor Labor Day …"Labor Day differs looked warmer and more laid line should have been but it in every essential way from the back. On the Cypress Sea dry wasn’t there. I thought my other holidays of the year in any suits were the norm and my navigation was to blame but country," said Samuel Gompers, fingers and toes reminded me the pretty soon most of the other founder and longtime president of water was 53 degrees (hats off to divers had joined me looking the American Federation of Norm who did all three dives in a around. It seems the anchor had Labor. "All other holidays are in a wetsuit!). slipped so we all had a little swim more or less degree connected The barnacles too were a back to the boat. with conflicts and battles of man's reminder of the cold, nutrient rich My favorite dive site on the prowess over man, of strife and water. I saw them on every dive Peace was Ship Rock. This spot discord for greed and power, of stretching their delicate, feathery was so beautiful we stayed for glories achieved by one nation hands in search of food. Topside, three dives enjoying the kelp over another. Labor Day...is I’d have to say there was more forest, curious seals, a big devoted to no man, living or dead, excitement on the Peace. After octopus, and a bat ray. The best to no sect, race, or nation." the first day of the trip I awoke in site on the Cypress Sea was Que the middle of the Pasa a lush pinnacle full of Afterwards we night distraught colorful anemones, barnacles, made the rounds of because I dreamed sponges and a large school of some of the local dive my suit had blown blue fish. shops who will be away. Somewhat This article wouldn’t be contributing to this disoriented I complete without mentioning my year’s beach cleanup decided to leave my buddies. On the Peace I did most and after a stop at the bunk and make sure of my dives with the Three London Pub for some I was indeed Musketeers (or was it the Three Fish and Chips made our way dreaming. I climbed the stairs and Stooges? = Editor’s note – I did home. That’s it until next week found the galley piled high with not touch this!!!). Ray Will, when we head for Norm’s annual everyone’s gear, my suit Norm Knutson, and Jim Vallario Lake Tahoe bacchanal and included. Unfortunately, Elliott kept me entertained underwater crawdad extravaganza. Until from the Marin club hadn’t been by seducing sea hares, doing then, dive often, dive deep; or at feeling well underwater least watch a couple diving all day. So in dances and BTW Pam has a pair of FINS related videos. the middle of navigating with the night, the to give away - FREE – but the infamous NORTH AND SOUTH Peace had Mexican NORTH ORTH AND AND SOUTH OUTH motored to don’t cut your toes off!!! compass. On ((APOLOGIIES TO ELIIZABETH APOLOGIES TO ELIZABETH APOLOG ES TO L ZABETH Catalina and the Cypress GASKELL)) firstname.lastname@example.org GASKELL ASKELL a helicopter Sea I dove with By Pam Radkey had taken Loretta and Jan him to a hospital on the mainland. and enjoyed a slow meander My non-diving friends Half the boat had slept through through the rocks and a sunfish occasionally ask me whether I the whole thing! Thanks to Melia, (mola mola) thanks to Loretta’s like diving in Northern or also, from the Marin club, who sharp eyes. Southern California better. The brought everyone’s gear in so the So, diving up north or down answer, as you can probably chopper wouldn’t blow it all south? Enjoy them both! guess, is I like them both! I did away. Another incident was when 8 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 Hurricane Dennis rights the Australian authorities’ burn Shark fin soup anyone? Spiegel Grove poacher’s boats Frustrated by what they see as a Hurricane Dennis’s legacy The Australian government, in a lack of action against shark-fining won’t be all bad. When the USS bid to send a strong message to poachers in Costa Rica, a group Spiegel Grove was sunk to form Indonesian poachers, set five has reportedly taken direct action, an artificial reef in 130 feet of boats on fire in Darwin harbor. poisoning a batch of fins destined water off Key Largo, in May 17, Indonesian fishermen regularly for Hong Kong’s markets. 2002, it rolled over and landed enter Australian waters to fish for upside down with its bow shark and trocha shells among Captain Paul Watson, founder protruding from the water. other catches. of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said: “I have received Three weeks after the initial Earlier this year, in a nine day information from a reliable and attempt, a salvage team managed operation, about 20 boats and trusted contact in Central America … that illegally obtained to fully sink the 51-foot vessel, some 200 crew were intercepted but on its right side instead of its off Australia's northern waters. shark fins have been intercepted keel. In the intervening three The boats were found toi be from poachers and washed in a solution of sodium cyanide.” years, the Spiegel Grove has carrying sophisticated navigation become the most popular artificial and communications equipment. wreck in the Florida Keys, home The fins, some 300 in all, were taken from a rooftop drying rack, to some 166 different fish species. Frenchman sets new depth bathed in the solution and record for scuba returned to the roof to continue As hurricane Dennis passed by drying. The poachers were 200 miles to the west, it flipped A French diver, Pascal Bernabe, unaware of the removal and the wreck to an upright position. has set a new deep diving record return of the fins. Wave as high as 20 feet where at 330 meters (1,082 feet); these reported in the area, those waves just weeks after South African The action, he said, was to be like created currents with enough Nuno Gomes reached 318 meters condemned. “As much as I abhor force to right the wreck. (1,043 feet) in the Egyptian Red the trade in shark fins … I feel Sea. Bernabe broke the record in that it is irresponsible to endanger Corsica on open circuit, with a human life.” descent time of less than ten minutes and at a total decompression time of 529 minutes decompression. The dive was the 41-year-old's fifth attempt at breaking the open circuit deep diving record, which carrying seven cylinders. A further 20 cylinders were staged at various decompression stations. The dive was sponsored by Ralf Mercury in shark fins Tech a dive equipment manufacturer (Equipement pour It now appears that shark fins, a plongee sous-marine), which major delicacy in parts of Asia, involved a thirty-strong dive team may contain dangerous levels of and 12 support divers. mercury. The US based group WildAid says that testing of shark 9 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 fins bought in Bangkok had document to enter or re-enter the mercury levels up to 42 times United States. Nima, pleaded guilty to entering higher than what is considered This is a change from prior a marine conservation area for the safe for humans. travel requirements and will purpose of taking marine affect all United States citizens resources. He was placed on The tests were conducted by the entering the United States from three years probation and fined state run Thailand Institute of countries within the Western $1,100. Both men were ordered Scientific and Technological Hemisphere who do not currently to give up their fishing licenses, Research. Tests in Hong Kong possess valid passports. and their scuba gear. gave similar results. Australian and New Zealand have issued December 31, 2006 - Passport or public health warnings to other accepted document required Is this the future of diving? pregnant women about eating for all travel (air/sea) to or from shark meat. the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America. December 31, 2007 - Passport or other accepted document required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada. What other excepted documents you ask? For land border crossings, other documents that are anticipated to be acceptable under the new Initiative are SENTRI, NEXUS and FAST program cards. These are current international frequent traveler programs. The Border Crossing Card (BCC - also known as “laser visa”) will also be acceptable as a substitute for a passport and a visa for citizens of Mexico traveling to the United States from contiguous territory. Divers who speared a giant New passport requirements for black sea bass plead guilty travelers The two scuba divers, Omid A reminder to all of you globe Adhami and Nima Hodaji, who trotting Reef Divers. If you don’t The more things change, the more were arrested in the spearing of have a passport, you’ve been they seem to remain the same. an endangered giant black sea given a year’s reprieve. The Three divers, one wearing a 1 bass back in April, pleaded guilty Intelligence Reform and atmosphere diving suit from to criminal charges. Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 Nuytco Research Ltd, one requires that by January 1, 2008, standard diving dress and the Omid, pleaded guilty to the travelers to and from the third an early armored suit illegal taking of a protected fish. Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, preparing to explore the wreck of He was sentenced to three years Mexico and Canada have a the RMS Lusitiania, 1935. probation, 30 days of community passport or other secure, accepted service and fined $1,100. 10 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 We highly encourage you to also support the other organizations listed below when you pay your annual dues. (Please indicate your membership options with the checkboxes below.) San Francisco Reef Divers (SFRD) $25 Central California Council of Diving Clubs (CenCal) 15 Sonoma County Abalone Network (SCAN) 10 Show your support for all three! $50 Name: _________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________ State: ___________ Zip: _____________ Home Phone: ( ____ ) _________________ Work Phone: ( ____ ) ________________ Email: _____________________________ How would you like your newsletter delivered? (Choose one): Online at the SFRD website (preferred) Mailed to my home address Please make checks payable to “San Francisco Reef Divers” and mail to: Pierre Hurter, SFRD Treasurer, 515 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 11 San Francisco Reef Divers September 2005 Volume XXXVIII, No. 9 ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO REEF DIVERS (SFRD): The Reef Diver Times is the official newsletter of the San Francisco Reef Divers, a not for profit community organization dedicated to safe sport diving and the preservation of our ocean resources. Membership is $25 annually, dues payable to “SFRD”. The General Meeting is held 3rd Wednesday of the month at at Sinbad’s, located at Pier 2, Embarcadero Street, SF, CA 94111. Meet at 7:00pm for socializing, drinks and food and 7:30 pm for club business and entertainment. For more information, visit http://www.sfreefdivers.org/. SAN FRANCISCO REEF DIVERS Reef Diver Times C/O Gerda Hurter 515 Diamond Street San Francisco, CA 94114 12
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