A new classic yachting website and YouTube channel has been launched by award-winning photographer Bob Aylott
A new classic yachting website and YouTube channel has been launched by award-winning photographer Bob Aylott. Myclassicboat.com features video interviews with classic boat owners, skippers and others involved in the sailing business. This unique channel is the first online site dedicated to classic boat owners’ video stories.
Among the videos released is Royal Yacht Squadron artist Martyn Mackrill on his 31ft Maurice Griffiths gaff cutter Nightfall, Yachting Monthly columnist Dick Durham on his 1936, 26ft Wendy May and 98ft schooner Coral of Cowes on her last race.
Specialist pages include ‘Nutty Knotter’ Dick Kipps showing how to tie knots in easy steps, while for food lovers the ‘Dock & Dine’ section features expert chefs demonstrating how to cook great meals on a two-ring gimbal stove on a small classic boat. Other pages include a features section for general interest stories.
New videos will be published every month and viewers are encouraged to submit their own videos. The site was launched in March 2016.
Bob Aylott worked as a press photographer for the national newspapers, Daily Sketch, Daily Mail, National Enquirer and Daily Star in a Fleet Street career which lasted almost 40 years. He was British News Photographer of the Year in 1968 and won the Colour Picture Story of the Year in 1971 for his images from the Cholera Camps in war-torn India. He also collected a World Press Award for his 1976 prison pictures of killer Charles Manson.
He has travelled the world on news and feature assignments including the Troubles in Northern Ireland (1969-71) and chasing the fugitive Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, around Brazil (1974). He has worked in the Middle and Far East, India, Africa, USA, South America and the South Pacific. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was the features editor on a major national photographic magazine for seven years. He is also a regular contributor and photographer for Yachting Monthly.