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Barry Pickthall

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Full name Barry Pickthall
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Watersports including sailing and sub-aqua, Travel Interviews & biographies Photo journalism

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Picture editing, Photography, Radio, Video
Last updated 01-10-2016 12:09


Barry Pickthall won the Whyte & Mackay/YJA Journalist of the Year Award. He is the European Correspondent for ‘Yachting’, the premier powerboat and super yacht magazine in the US. He is also Editor of Boat News and writes profiles for The Times.
A respected writer and photographer, he has been covering all aspects of the sport for the past 40 years, twenty of them (1978-1998) as Yachting Correspondent to ‘The Times newspaper. He continues to write exclusively for magazines across Europe, South Africa and Australasia.
Barry moved into writing about yachting after training as a naval architect with the British research institute, The National Physical Laboratories where he specialised in tank testing. This experience has stood him in good stead, giving him the knowledge to comment authoritatively on the technical aspects of yacht design and handling characteristics, as well as the lifestyle that surrounds them.

Barry also specialises in writing profiles on successful businessmen and women for The Times, and specialist magazines

He has written 25 textbooks.
Flyer – The Quest to win the Round the World Race – Stanford Maritime
The Key Facts Book of Sailing – Collins
Blue Water Racing – MacMIllan
To Beat the Clipper Ships – Brown Son & Ferguson
Around Alone- The BOC Challenge – Robertsbridge
Ocean Conquest – Little Brown
The British Marine Industry – A century of development and growth – British Marine Federation
No Guts – No Glory – Carfax
German Frers – A Passion for Design – Fernhurst Books
Faster & Faster - A&C Black
The Ultimate Guide to Motorboats – Chartwell Books
Lighthouses of North America – Chartwell Books
Blue Water Sailing – A&C Black
Dinghy Sailing - Start to Finish series - Fernhurst Books
Yachting - Start to Finish series - Fernhurst Books
Motorboating - Start to Finish series - Fernhurst Books
Going Foreign - Cruising abroad for the first time - A&C Black
Buying a Yacht – Adlard Coles
Buying a Motorboat – A&C Black
Eileen Ramsay –Queen of sailing photography – Bloomsbury
Diesel engine handbook – A&C Black
Outboard engine handbook – A&C Black
Learning to Navigate – A&C Black
Rahmi M Koc – The Man, his yachts and the Yard – South Atlantic Publishing

Barry is also Managing Director of PPL Photo Agency Ltd – the leading watersports photo agency in the world, with more than 3million pictures on file.

He can be contacted at:
PPL Ltd, The Studio, Booker’s Yard, The Street, Walberton, Sussex. BN18 0PF England.
Tel: +44 (0)1243 555561 Fax: +44 (0)1243 555562. E.mail: ppl@mistral.co.uk Web: pplmedia.com