Dive #108 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
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Bottom Time to Date:

94h
31m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
10:15AM

Bottom Time:
57 minutes

Maximum Depth:
104 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
500 psi

Weather Conditions:
80°F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
76°F

Bottom Water Temperature:
76°F

Visibility:
100+ feet
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March 21,
2002
WINDMILL
GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BRITISH WEST INDIES
BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Debbie (divemaster), Linda and John (buddies), Graeme, Lynn, Lauren (CT), Michael (divemaster), another boat of 6-7 divers
Photo
A sheephead porgy, a new sighting for us
Videograph by Rich Torkington in TCI 2002 
Dive Journal: This morning 2 full boats are headed out to Grand Turk, with Debbie and Michael as captains. The nine mile trip over there is fairly calm with Debbie at the helm of our boat, and we enjoy the trip. When we arrive at Tunnels, we see another dive boat tied up already, and so we’ll have to find another place. We head back towards the south a little bit to a site called Windmill, due simply to its proximity to an onshore wind tubine electricity generation station, and both boats tie up there.

Janel has stayed back on Salt Cay this morning, so it’s just Linda and John and me. There are probably 10 other divers among the 2 boats. Micheal will lead the dive, although he states he’s never been to this site before. Linda will dive with John and so I’ll follow the rest of the group.

The dive starts in sandy flats peppered with coral patches. The group slowly swims over to a wall area that has some good overhangs, and I spy a few new fish I haven’t seen off Salt Cay: a sheephead porgy and a glasseye snapper. For brief period I explore some of the deeper reaches of the wall, but did not see much reason to stay down there, a couple of bar jacks maybe.

As usual, I enjoy exploring around in a wide pattern under the boat using my last 15 minutes of air while others finished the dive. I spent quite a while looking for a good peacock flounder but came up empty. The garden eels at this site are great and I started checking out several species of gobies. Nearing my exit, I enjoyed a southern stingray touring through the area under the boat.

“Welcome to Salt Cay!”

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
BOAT
Body of Water:
Caribbean Sea
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm full wetsuit
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
10 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
Sony DCR-TRV11 digital handycam in Top Dawg housing