Firebird Photo Album 5

Australia, Indonesia, Cocos (Keeling) Island, Seychelles, Djibouti, Egypt, Israel & beyond

(August 1976 – April 1977)

  • Fellow sailors greet us as they sail past the magnificent Sydney skyline. Sydney, Australia, August 1976.
  • The Sydney Harbor Bridge and its famous sturdy steel arch. Sydney, Australia, August 1976.
  • Looking across the harbor to the soaring white roof sails of the Sydney Opera House. Sydney, Australia, August 1976.
  • Boats spill into Sydney Harbor for weekend racing, popular among both amateur and professional sailors. Sunday was our favorite day to watch the action unfold against the backdrop of the magnificent Sydney skyline. Sydney Harbor, Australia, October 1976.
  • Tom Harrowby cleans and filets a shark that was cleanly bitten in half by a large hammerhead shark off of Lady Musgrave Island, a coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, November, 1976.
  • Shark jaws in the Firebird main salon proudly displaying the motto, "You can't have too much fun.” I believe this as strongly today as I did 40 years ago. When you are having fun—whether at work, play or love—amazing things can happen. November 12, 1976.
  • Indonesian women, balancing baskets on their heads as they walk down temple stairs. Bali, Indonesia, January 1977.
  • The locals expertly balancing baskets full of wares as they walk to the market. Bali, Indonesia, January 1977.
  • A young Balinese child in the rice fields stretches to hold a basket atop his head. Bali, Indonesia, January 1977.
  • Crewmember Bill (B.C.) Crawford grabs his camera and steadies his feet to capture approaching birds while the Firebird is under sail. Bali, Indonesia to Cocos [Keeling] Islands, a territory of Australia, January 1977.
  • A Firebird crew member holds a delicate coral inadvertently broken off by our anchor chain during our passage from Bali, Indonesia, to the Cocos [Keeling] Islands, January 1977. With today’s warmer, more acidic ocean waters in the South Seas, it’s been difficult to spot vibrant coral like this during the Double X journey.
    A crew member gently holds a delicate coral to show off its beauty during our passage from Bali, Indonesia, to the Cocos [Keeling] Islands, a territory of Australia, January 1977.
  • A crew member shows off a large cone shell onboard the Firebird. Discovering different types of shells was one of my favorite activities during the trip. Cocos [Keeling] Islands, Indian Ocean, January 1977.
  • Captain Bob takes a quick time out from his duties to poise for me; 1977.
  • Coral atoll covered with coconut palms and other vegetation. Cocos [Keeling] Islands, Indian Ocean, January 1977.
  • Waterfall, Cocos [Keeling] Islands, January 1977.
  • A red clay road curves along the beautiful countryside. Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia), March 1977.
  • Lush vegetation growing in Zimbabwe, which has a subtropical climate similar to that of California. Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia), March 1977.
  • A bustling town center with parked cars lining the two-lane street as pedestrians make their way to offices and shops. The scene reminded me so much of towns back home in southern California. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia), March 1977.
  • Lining up a golf swing, I prepare for a quick shot while navigating a particularly dangerous water hazard. Elephant Hills Country Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia), March 1977.
  • A local general and frequent golfer lines up his shot at the eighth hole next to Charlie, the resident 10-foot crocodile. The familiar sight of the crocodile’s tail meant it was heading into the water, allowing more time for him to line up his shot. Elephant Hills Country Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia), March 1977.
  • When I think of island living, I often think of this invitation for peaceful reflection. Seychelles Archipelago, 1977.
    When I think of island living, I often think of this invitation for peaceful reflection. Seychelles Archipelago, 1977.
  • Enjoying an afternoon of fishing with my son, Rod, as I help him reel in his big catch. Seychelles, 1977.
  • Check out that smile. Rod’s mighty catch weighed in at 77 pounds. Seychelles, March 1977.
  • Keeping a watchful eye on a distant thunderhead and its menacing clouds. Amirante Islands, Seychelles, April 1977.
  • Taking a break from a friendly volleyball competition. Members of the Firebird crew include: Captain Bob (4th to left), Dr. Sam (6th to left), Bill (B.C.) Crawford (9th to left) and Tom Harrowby (last in line). D’Arros Island, Seychelles, April 3, 1977.

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