Trip Report and Photos
Catalina Island on the Pacific Star
and Photos ©
Elaine Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced
On Saturday September 18th
2004 I went on the Pacific Star to Catalina. There are several new
happenings on the Pacific Star and this was a very special day.
One of the things that made this
such a special trip is the fact that on September 15th 2004, David Homer Harvey,
owner of the Pacific Star, officially became a US Coast Guard licensed 100 ton
boat captain. To celebrate Dave invited a group of friends out for a day of
diving at Catalina Island.
Dave has been on the Pacific Star
since June 2001 when the boat first came to Southern California; first as a
DM and a crew member, later as the owner, and now as the owner and Captain.
Prior to that, he worked for years on the Pacific Dream. Dave also brings to
the Pacific Star some international flavor as he has served as crew on 6 of
the 12 Aggressor Fleet Boats. He is also a PADI dive instructor and has certified
approximately 700 divers.
I have known Dave for at least 10
years, and Iím still learning things about him that I didnít know. Dave started
diving in 1973 when he signed up to become a Rescue and Salvage diver for the
US Navy. He did this for four years, with assignments as far away as Crete.
When I asked him what his favorite salvage operation was he quickly replied
"my relationship with Sonja". Dave and Sonja recently welcomed a new family
member into this world - Emily Harvey.
Our dive sites for this day of celebration
were Eagle Reef, Ship Rock, and Isthmus reef.
At Eagle Reef I headed to the sand
on the western side. The rocky slope is covered with kelp and many gorgonians.
At Ship Rock I went to the sand on
the northern side in search of some Angel Sharks that I had heard had been hanging
around there. I didnít find any Angel Sharks but the schools of Jack Mackerel
At Isthmus Reef I took the wall towards
the green buoy. I briefly saw one Giant Black Sea Bass cruise by and a large
bat ray in the sand. This wall has so much life and so many critters that I
could dive it over and over and not get bored. One thing I noticed is that I
didnít see any lobsters.
Michael made swordfish for lunch.
Everyone sends special thanks to
Dave for the great day of diving and CONGRATULATIONS on the new set of official
papers, and, the newest crew member - baby Emily.
Until next time: