Saturday 17 March 2018

Divers flock to Hook for annual South East rally

Martin Murray of Hook Sub Aqua Club getting ready to ascend from a dive
Martin Murray of Hook Sub Aqua Club getting ready to ascend from a dive

THE SECOND annual South East Dive Rally organised by Hook Sub Aqua Club attracted a large crowd of diving enthusiasts from across the country.

A total of 122 divers and snorkelers from all over the country descended on the Hook Sub Aqua Clubhouse at Slade harbour to take in the many dive sites on the beautiful coast. A barbecue was held at the club house on the Saturday followed by a quiz at Templars Inn that night.

One of the organisers said: 'We were once again blessed with the weather. This year as part of the dive rally, an underwater photography competition was held in memory of diver Vincent O'Brien. Vincent was a keen underwater and land photographer and videographer and the event was to honour him.'

The winners received some great prizes from Sam McCauleys, Hore's Stores and Martin's Jewellers, along with individual plaques made by Kent Stainless.

Wexford diver Balazs Bauer won the best compact shot for his diver and anemones and was rewarded with a Powershot S120 and housing courtesy of Canon Ireland.

Martin Kiely from Aughinish SAC in Co Clare won the best SLR shot for his jewel anemone picture, left, and won a waterproof compact camera courtesy of Sam McCauleys.

Lucina Keogh from Dublin won the wide angle category with her photograph of a Ling fish, while local photography enthusiast Mikey O' Regan won in the junior section.

Wexford Sub Aqua would like to thank Hook Sub Aqua for the use of their facilities for the competition.

New Ross Standard