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PPL Photo Agency celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023. The library is divided into two specialist sections: Watersports & Sub-aqua, and Pictures of Yesteryear.

Watersports is one of the largest specialist libraries in the world with images dating back to the 1850s.  This includes a number of well-known archives and official resources.

  • Sir Francis Chichester Archive
  • Sir Robin Knox Johnston Archive
  • Sir Chay Blyth Archive
  • Whitbread/Volvo Round the World Race archive 1973-2000
  • Olympic sailing regattas – 1968 – 2012
  • Golden Globe Races 1968, 2018, 2022
  • 2022 Ocean Globe Race
  • British Steel/BT Global Challenge 1993 – 2000
  • Newport Bermuda yacht race: 1906 – 2018

Pictures of Yesteryear

As well as holding PPL’s historic sailing images, this archive also includes:

  • The America’s Cup from the first race in 1853 thru to current times.
  • Tony Boxall’s South of England and European social culture archive 1950s-80s
  • CK Bower Motoring archive – Classic cars 1920s – 1950s
  • Eileen Ramsay sailing archive – 1949 – 1970
  • Ian Dear historic sailing archive: America’s Cup, ocean racing, and wrecks from the 1850s to 1980s
  • Sunday Times Golden Globe Race -1968/9

To view and download images from PPL’s PhotoShelter portal, you must first register for a free sign-in at  You will then receive a verification email. If it does not arrive immediately, check your spam folder.

Then go to the PPL’s PhotoShelter web site  and Login.

To view images, click on ‘Galleries’ at the top of the page, and then click the collection ‘Watersports & Sub Aqua’ or ‘Pictures of Yesteryear’ or Eileen Ramsay archive  located on the left-hand side.  You can  then drop down the menu to reveal all the galleries

You can also locate individual yachts, races, scenes or people across all galleries  via the keyword search box (top left).   Boats are listed under boat name, owner/skipper and when known, sail No.