: 2nd August 2002
Day 2: Saturday, 20th August 2002
By midnight we started to grab
as much sleep possible, which was not easy in the seats designed
originally for medieval torture. Minutes seemed like hours and hours like
days, until around 3:30am on Saturday we stopped 70 miles south of
Glasgow. The dawn had started to break and eyes started to open... Getting
nearer to our destination, but did we have time?
Finally we arrived at Scrabster with an hour or so to spare. Packed the kit into a baggage box for the ferry and then off to the Fisherman's Mission for a late full breakfast.
|Everyone well fed then
off to board the MV OLA. Settled down in the bar, beers ordered,
stretched out and relaxed. 2 hours later and we arrived in Stromness.
The first sight, for most
of us, of the MV Sunrise - our expectations not disappointed. Back on
dry land, advance parties were instructed to seek out the best bunks
while the reserves informed the shuttle truck to tow the baggage box
over to our liveaboard.
First night in Stromness and out on the search for grub. 4 restaurants and as many pints later, we bumped into the owner of The Orca restaurant, Malcolm, propping up the bar in the Stromness Hotel.
"Can't find food? I own the place across the road, why don't you come over... We can put you in a room upstairs and eat as much buffet as you want for £8.50". An offer that couldn't be ignored, but the upstairs room sounded a little odd especially having seen the state of some of the locals - otherwise known as "moonheads". Off we set, stomachs grumbling at the thought of all the nosh. Outside, past the groom-to-be cellotaped, tar and feathered to a lamp-post, over the road and into The Orca. It felt like an invasion when we entered. 2 couples had been enjoying their meals in peace - not any longer after 11 hungry divers starting digging into the buffet. No dish left untouched - or with anything other than the merest crumb left as a reminder of its previous contents. Up the stairs and into our little room, seemingly dedicated for diver groups - specialist magazines such as Dive, Dive Girl and FHMs 'Hottest 100 Women Of 2002' piled neatly on a nearby table. Jason's love of African music became evident when he turned up the stereo a few decibels and we began to feel the floorboards shake beneath us. The owner, originally from the North East, made us very welcome, refilling the buffet and joining us for a drink and chat. Somehow the topic moved through local crime, number of bobbies (2 part-timers), traffic wardens (3) and even magic mushrooms which seem to grow quite prolifically up here - excellent if we want to stay up all night, but not a good idea as we'd be horny as hell, on a boat with 10 other male divers!
Stomachs bulging and bladders pressing we decided to make a move back to the Sunrise for some well-deserved sleep before diving commenced in the morning.
|Friday||19th August 2002||The long drive ahead...|
|Saturday||20th August 2002||Finally arrive in the Orkneys & our welcome to "Shopping Week"|
|Sunday||21st August 2002||SMS Karlsruhe & Gobernador Bories|
|Monday||22nd August 2002||SMS Köln & Bottle Dive|
|Tuesday||23rd August 2002||SMS Markgraf & MV Radiation|
|Wednesday||24th August 2002||MV James Barrie, F2 and Barge - Party night !|
|Thursday||25th August 2002||SMS Brummer & V83|
|Friday||26th August 2002||SMS Dresden & Tabarka|
|Saturday||27th August 2002||The return trip South|
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