Neil Croft, Rodney Faulkner, James Maguire, Leslie Croft, Andrew Croft,
Andrew Pappos, Nick Corrie, Lachlan Marks.
Obviously I am back on home turf now and I understand that you are on Barrenjoey for a few weeks.
I would like to express my thanks for your efforts on my behalf in arranging accommodation in Padang on the night before the departure of the charter. It was simple but very adequate. Also for the efforts of Hilsy to make me feel welcome in Padang before we left port.
I would also like to mention the appreciation of all concerned related to the arrangements with Latitude Zero while the Barrenjoey was delayed in Padang. We ended up spending three nights at the resort and Matt and his wife and Wal could not have been more helpful. Thank you once again for making the effort to ensure the alternative arrangements worked.
You may be aware that I am a body boarder these days (having down graded from a stand-up board due to age and lack of fitness). Although Neil has often prompted me to go on a charter over the years, I have always resisted due to feeling that I would not cope well with the size, speed and power of the waves and potentially hinder board riders in the line-up. I am pleased to say that I had a fine time and managed to catch some fantastic waves. I have attached one photo as evidence. By the way, I made the section. I was especially impressed with the clear water. Just superb.
I would like to add a vote of thanks to Hilsy and the crew (Elvis, Eric, Choma and Salamat) for their care and service. All are first class people. You are fortunate to have them as part of your team.
Just to rub salt into the wound, I spent last week looking out over the foreshore at Port Hedland in WA. It hardly compares.
Thank you once again for your efforts.