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Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at my house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station

    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "The MV Malabar sinking was a huge event in Sydney over Easter 1931"
    Two Poles
    This site is located off the cliff at the northern end of the beach that stretches from Terrigal north. Originally this site was found by using two telegraph poles that were used to locate the site. One of these is no longer visible as someone built a house in front of it. I do not have any marks or GPS co-ordinates to find it.

    The site is not that far from shore, perhaps 650 metres. The reef comes up to about 12 metres in one spot. The main site consists of a sand gutter that runs from the south-east to the north-west into the reef. The sand gutter is not very wide, perhaps 10 metres at the most. The depth of the gutter is about 19 metres.

    Sea DragonSponge
    A sea dragon at Two PolesKelly and a nice sponge

    You normally anchor at the north-western end of the sand. From here, head down along the southern side of the gutter. The reef juts up a metre or so in a series of small boulders and walls. There are a lot of sea squirts and some sponges along here.

    After this, turn around and head back towards the anchor. Once back at the anchor, follow the reef edge to the south-east again, but this time on the northern side of the gutter. Along the edge there are some nice small gorgonias and you may even see a sea dragon like I did. After about 40 metres the northern side of the reef almost meets up with the southern side.

    Sea DragonSponge
    Shaun Reynolds and a colourful gorgoniaA sort of barrel sponge

    Head back towards the anchor, this time staying a bit shallower away from the reef edge. Soon you will see some larger boulders and the reef top. These form some cracks and overhangs. In this area you should see large cuttlefish and at least one resident wobbegong that is said to be here all the time. There are also normally large schools of ladder-finned pomfrets, one-spot pullers and yellowtail.

    As well as the fishlife, the most interesting feature of this area is the fantastic number of gorgonias. There are dozens of them, of all colours. They are not very large, the biggest about the side of a tabloid newspaper, but there are so many. They make a great photograph (see some of mine on this page).

    Sea DragonSponge
    Kelly and another colourful gorgoniaDifferent coloured gorgonias

    Once back near the anchor, you can continue to the north-west. The gutter sort of disappears but a bit further on it comes back, although there is no sand in it. This is also an interesting place to explore.

    By now you will probably be low on bottom time (especially as this is often a second dive) so head back to the anchor and ascend.

    This is a reasonable dive site, not one of the greatest I have done but interesting nonetheless.

    You can dive it with Terrigal Dive Centre or Pro Dive Central Coast, both of whom I am happy to recommend.

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