Report #7 of the EJIDO JACINTO PAT EXPLORATION EXPEDITION
SUNDAY MORNING: 6:00 A.M.. Quintana Roo, MEXICO
Saturday afternoon everyone met at VILLAS DEROSA for the Team Photo Shoot. We
took individual photos, dive team photos and the whole team photo. 43 cave
divers posing in the same photo. Outstanding. When published, it should be
an impressive photo. Paul Heinerth, Jill Rabjohn, Gary Lemme, Brian Kukak,
Buddy Quattlebaum, and Mary Redgen all came in from the BaseCamp.
Steve Berman, Steve Irving, Pat Watson, Keith Kinard and David Miner arrived at
airport with Tony DeRosa picking them up. Slightly late holding up Team Photo
but no problem.
We had our Team Dinner banquet at the BUENA VIDA Restaurant in Akumal. 48 people
attended. Everyone was impressed with the enthusiasm and comraderie
among so many cave divers sitting down, talking, having a good time. Several
people commented that had to a be a record or feat in itself for cave diving.
We acknowledged all the hard work, dedication and "special points" involved with
project. We gave a standing ovation to Kevin Renton, Pierre Turgeon, RoseMary
Redgen, Issacc Villanavue and Buddy for their extreme hard work with setting up
the trails, basecamp, logistics with equipment, etc.. We gave the warmest
applause to the Mayan people of the Ejido Jacinto Pat as land owners and their
loyal support. Also, for our Mayan crew who have worked beyond the call of
duty portering the tanks for all the dive teams. The evening was a huge
success and everyone was tremendously happy.
We announced, as of Saturday, June 15th, according to the latest press release
from the Cedam CaveDiving team - April 20th - Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich stood at
159,600 feet. Buddy proudly announced that Sistema Dos Ojos (Ejido Jacinto
Pat) was now at 162,500 feet and still going like a freight train. Everyone
We have sent letters and faxes to Nicholas Heath-Brown of the Guiness Book of
Records in London, England informing them where we stood and requesting an
application to submit fora new world record for longest underwater cave. We are
also asking from the Cedam Cave Diving team an acknowledgement and verification
of total distance concerning Sistema Nahoch Nah Chich.
Our team dinner banquet was a huge success.
Today, Donn Ellerbrock, Travis LoRe and Lee Gibson fly back to the States and
this day will be like last weekend - moving equipment into the jungle.
Bill Renaker along with Lee Gibson's help have installed over 3,000 feet in
Hilario's Well. The downstream has now turned east again. Still plenty of
places to push line. The new cenote - the Conch Republic - at the furthest
point has surrendered over 7,000 feet in two days. Brian, Paul, Jill, Gary,
Chris Pyle and Sandro Mateo just shake their heads in glee the goldmine they are
We are still putting line in Cenote M1. Buddy and Bil Philips found another
In Cenote Kentuck Castle, we have put in over 8,000 feet of new line. Rich
Chapski was sick Friday so today he and Bob Griffith go back to their excellent
lead fully prepared to push it further south.
We are now going into the position to push all potentials leads towards the
biggest prize - Nahoch Nah Chich. Big cave eats little cave is on everyone's
mind. No promises, but we are going to give it our best shot. Secret Weapon
It is incredible how this cave continues to give and give. Receiving
excellent E mail letters of support and encouragement. Great letter from Rob
Harris of It's Dive Time in Columbus, Ohio who is one of our prime sponsors.
He is really happy of what we are doing and WE appreciate what he has done for
us. Thank you.
The 80,000 feet of line bought or donated from DIVERITE. At the rate we are
going, we may just use it all up. It's going that good.
Asking for more E mail addresses for anyone who wants a report. We are going
to begin to post reports in our WEBSITE. We are not going to post reports
in the Tech Diver forum anymore. I'll send reports to individuals only.
Will write REPORT # 8 on Monday. To all our sponsors and supporters - THANK
YOU. We have seven more diving days left in the Grand Final. We may hit
200,00 feet afterall. Who knows.
Appreciate all the positive feedback.
Safe Diving. STEVE GERRARD