Standing Before The Mast podcast episode 18, Barbara Lloyd - former New York Times sailing and sports journalist

My guest for this episode is former New York Times columnist Barbara Lloyd. Barbara covered Sailing, Skiing and other sports, as well as writing a gear column for the New York Times. But Barbara has humble roots here at home with the Newport Daily News. 

It was at the Newport Daily News where she began as a cub reporter. Barbara  honed her skills covering the America’s Cup races and interviewing sailors, including Ted Turner and Dennis Conner.

Her nomadic lifestyle, free spirited nature and hard work allowed her to live in and travel to spectacular places around the world.  

At a time when men dominated journalism, Barbara ‘leaned in’ to a man’s world and faced few obstacles to her success. Her journalistic integrity and determination earned her the respect of her editors and peers alike.

We had a great chat where she recalls some of the more memorable and poignant times in her life, as well as some humorous tales … including being pranked by Sir Richard Branson; the value of a quality piece of hand fruit while in rough conditions off shore; a funny story about an airborne skateboard in an apartment; and a somewhat domesticated Bobcat named Toma.

Barbara recently published a book - which I recommend to any one who follows sailing, skiing, journalism and adventure. That book is called Heart Of The Story - notes from a reporter’s free-spirited life A Memoir by Barbara Lloyd and you can find it on  

Posted on May 15, 2019 .