We had planned to dive the chalk reef at Sheringham, but changed the plan to dive the wreck of the Rosalie instead at high tide early Friday morning.
It was a slightly misty morning not a lot of wind, 4mph from the South. The high Spring tide at Cromer was 7:05 so the estimated walk in time at Weybourne was 9:00. We arrived at Weybourne Car park at 7:30 and walked over the stones to see what the sea conditions were like.
There were a few fisherman, some seemed to be packing up and going home and sea looked flat and clear on the shore line.
We kitted up by our cars and walked along the pebble beach and then followed the footpath along the cliff top until it was almost level with the stones again. There was just enough of a ridge to make a comfortable seat to rest after the long walk and to wait for the slack. We saw a seal several times while we sat there just near the shoreline. After our buddy checks we walked down to the shore, put our fins on and started the long surface swim, watching the horizon and the position of the windmill. The tide was still running and pushing us East towards Sheringham so we had to adjust our course to compensate. After about 10 minutes surface swimming we descended onto the wreck.
- Divers: Simon, Jane, Nick
- Max Depth: 9.1 metres
- Dive Time: 60 minutes
- Water temperature: 15 degrees C
- Viz: 2-4 metres
- Dive Details: When we first descended onto the wreck the viz wasn’t very good, only about 2 metres, but it did improve further into the dive. We probably entered the water a little too early or swam out too quickly because we descended at 9:10 and the slack was about 9:25. There were lots of fish about, particularly bass as you can see in the video. We swam the length of the wreck twice from bow to stern and back to the bow again before swimming underwater back to the shore. The tide was pulling us a little to the West towards Cley on the underwater return swim and several little crabs were jumping up and swimming out of our way. This was a small slack window because of the Spring tides. We all walked out of the sea at the same point where we entered and walked back to the car park.