Next Dive Club Outing:

Saturday and Sunday August 14th & 15th

Stillwater Cove, Sonoma

Call Curt or Carol to reserve your spot in paradise.

(Polly's already offered to cook us up some bird on Saturday)


In Other Ocean News:

From DFG

August 5th -- Fish and Game Commission meeting via teleconference. Details at www.fgc.ca.gov View or listen to California Fish and Game Commission meetings in real time via Internet webcasting.

August 15th -- Last day of recreational groundfish season (including lingcod) for all boat-based anglers in the North-Central North of Point Arena Recreational Groundfish Management Area (from Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County to Point Arena, Mendocino County). More information is on the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral

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NCUPS (Northern California Underwater Photographic Society) photographic competition will this year allow photos to be taken from boats.

If you haven't already registered for the August 6-8 California Beach & Boat Dive Photo/Video Competition, you still have time. Go to http://www.ncups.org/beach.html to register. Please remember to either email the form to cbdpc@ncups.org or mail it to NCUPS at P.O. Box 1168,Alameda, CA 94501-0121.

For those of you who don't dive cold water, don't want to compete or want to bring someone along, you may purchase a ticket to the Saturday night dinner and/or the Sunday Seminars by using the registration form. Since they are having the dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn this year, please register soon so they can have a fairly accurate dinner count.


Diver Bike

Diver Down in Style! You are the romantic at heart, the thrill-seeking adventurer, waiting to explore the vast wilderness, calling the shots and accustomed to being in the driver seat! Introducing the DiverBike! The DiverBike is the first underwater propulsion device of its type. Take charge and effortlessly soar through the reefs, explore more and increase the thrill of your dive experience. The DiverBike enhances your unforgettable weightless flight through the underwater world.

Divers find 200-year old champagne in Baltic wreck

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Now that's some vintage bubbly. Divers have discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, one of the finders said Saturday. They tasted the one bottle they've brought up so far before they even got back to shore.

Diving instructor Christian Ekstrom said the bottles are believed to be from the 1780s and likely were part of a cargo destined for Russia. The nationality of the sunken ship has not yet been determined. "We brought up the bottle to be able to establish how old the wreck was," he told The Associated Press. "We didn't know it would be champagne. We thought it was wine or something." Ekstrom said the divers were overjoyed when they popped the cork on their boat after hauling the bubbly from a depth of 200 feet (60 meters).

"It tasted fantastic. It was a very sweet champagne, with a tobacco taste and oak," Ekstrom said. The divers discovered the shipwreck Tuesday near the Aland Islands, between Sweden and Finland. About 30 bottles are believed to be aboard the sunken vessel. Ekstrom said he is confident of the champagne's age and authenticity, but samples have been sent to laboratories in France for testing. "We're 98 percent sure already because of the bottle (we found)," he said. Swedish wine expert Carl-Jan Granqvist said each bottle could fetch €50,000 ($68,000) if the corks are intact and the sparkling drink is genuine and drinkable. "If this is true, it is totally unique," said Granqvist, one of the experts contacted by Ekstrom and his team. "I don't know of any other (drinkable) bottle this old. I've never even heard of it." Granqvist said he had seen pictures of the bottle, and it had languished in near-perfect storage conditions — in the dark at a constant cold temperature. "If it's the right atmosphere outside, and inside the bottle the cork is kept dry in the middle; it keeps itself," he said. According to French champagne house Perrier-Jouet, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, their vintage from 1825 is the oldest recorded champagne still in existence.



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