Yucatan – April 2014

First underwater images for a while!

We decided to take Thomas on a little adventure. After researching the various possible destinations, we choose Mexico, which offered a good combination of diving and resort facilities.

Also it was great to catch-up with my friend Budgie Burgess, a brilliant guide who made me discover the cenotes around the Riviera Maya quite a few years ago. Budgie & I had fun playing with lights   in Grand Cenote and Calaverde in Tulum.

I also ventured into the big vast Atlantic ocean to see what’s there.

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Diver Magazine – April 2014

Diver Magazine - April 2014
Diver Magazine – April 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. We’ve been kind of busy since the arrival of Thomas.

My friend Steve Warren has written a very moving article in this month’s Diver Magazine about the filming trip we made a few years ago to visit the wreck of the Bowbelle in Madeira. We travelled with film maker Drew Sutton, a survivor of the Marchioness disaster keen to exorcise the demons.

Here are a few images from the expedition.

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Make Lika smile again

Can I get you to wear pink tomorrow? Tomorrow is Pink day for Lika – my friend Marisa’s little cousin who lives in South Africa. We’re not asking for money. We’re only asking you to help make her smile again by posting a picture of yourself wearing pink. People all across South Africa and now the UK will be participating in this as Lika has made the local news in her efforts to fight this rare disease.

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Dave Berry supports London Lifeboat day

Capital FM's Dave Berry meets RNLI helmsmen Keith Cima and Craig Burn
Capital FM’s Dave Berry meets RNLI helmsmen Keith Cima and Craig Burn

Capital FM presenter Dave Berry kindly agreed to lend us his support this year for London Lifeboat day. He joined us at Tower Lifeboat station and spent a couple of hours afloat with the crew. You can find a few pictures from his visit below.

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Thames Jubilee Pageant

Having spent Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday on a D Class lifeboat as part of the RNLI crew working on the Queen Diamond Jubilee Pageant, I am considering applying for a knee transplant! But the wet weather and leg discomfort could not have dampened our spirits for this once in a lifetime event. I was lucky to be right in the front and the cheers from the crowd made the day even better. Apparently, over 1.2m people lined the banks of the river to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Rounding Cape Sheerness

I didn’t know it was possible to have such good fun on the river Medway !

Leaving Chatham Marina on board Spirit, one of Elite Sailing‘s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35, we headed towards Garrison Point, off Sheerness. For Becky and Elaine, it was a discovery weekend while for experienced sailor Keith, it was more like a refresher trip. For me, it was the start of the dayskipper practical course.

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Standing down as BSoUP Chairman

Having served 4 years of a 3-year mandate, it was about time I stood down as BSoUP Chairman. I am staying on as a committee member but it’s now time to have some fresh leadership. And after 3 years under ruthless American dictatorship (sorry Martha 🙂 ) and 4 years under French rule, it was time to hand the British Society of Underwater Photographers back to Britain !

Maldives

Images from my recent Maldives trip have been used on the cover of Narked Diver, the magazine for sport divers who don’t take themselves too seriously.

The magazine features an article about Jamie who gets thrown straight at the deep end after joining a 2-week liveaboard in the Northern atolls. In this issue of Narked Diver, you can also read about the discovery of the spreadeagle ray and get new tips on natural buoyancy skills.

I’d like to thank all the participants for making this trip memorable.

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