Seabreeze predicted fantastic conditions for the WAUC cray comp early in the week and the excitement on social media built in anticipation for a great day. The predicted 10-12 knot NW winds were more like 18-20 knots and the ride over to Rotto was bumpier and wetter than forecasted. However the weather was perfect with clear blue skies and maximum temperature of 30 degrees.

We focused our attentions on the south side of the island in an attempt to escape the winds and chop. The conditions were excellent with great visibility and calm seas. The focus was on jumbo crays so earlier in the dive legal crays were ignored. This was until I kept seeing more and decided upon grabbing a few legals between looking for those illusive big legs at the back of a dark cave.

Fast forward to the weigh in, the turn out for the comp was awesome, we had about 40 WAUC divers and support crew attend the weigh in. In the end 26 divers submitted crays for weighing with a few taking their chances at winning the mystery weight prize.

Everyone at the weigh in received complimentary WAUC boat or car stickers, WAUC beanie or a dive and fish hat. All prize winners received an extra long Odyssesus cray loop, Rob Allen snorkel, aluminium cray gauge, and either a dive knife or a UK dive torch.

Results are as follows:
1st David Storer (2.55kg)
2nd Riley Moore (2.51kgs)
3rd Brendon Bright (2.25kgs)

Honorable mentions for crays over 2kgs, David Lincon, Ben Coy, Julian Taylor and Aleks Ceklic.
Mystery weight winner was Karl Reece (1.84kgs)

Thanks to all WAUC crew that came along, thanks to my helpers Marc, Tania and Jonty. Finally congratulations to the winners and the others who caught a great feed of crays.

Cheers – until next year!

Aleks.