Thursday, May 28, 2009

John Biddle videos

On the night of April 30, 2009 the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted John Biddle, Thomas Ratsey, and John Longley into the America's Cup Hall of Fame at a spectacular evening at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, presented by Rolex Watch USA. Biddle, who passed away October 1, 2008, was represented by his son and daughter, Scott and Sophie, who accepted his award on his behalf, and his wife Amy acknowledged how pleased John had been to be nominated.

Spanning more than 40 years as the foremost yachting cinematographer-lecturer, John Biddle has sailed with Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Ted Hood and dozens of other skippers on the U.S. east coast, Great Lakes, and west coast. He has raced to Bermuda 11 times, was aboard the winning yacht to Halifax in 1957, cruised among the icebergs off the coasts of Labrador and Greenland, sailed the SORC several times, and crewed aboard square-riggers in the North Sea.

Biddle pursued a life of sailing, travel and adventure, while at the same time making a living as a film-lecturer. Lean and fast moving, he was proficient at all things nautical including one-design racing and off-shore cruising or racing. He was thus able to combine his love for the sea and knowledge of sailing with a talent for film-making, resulting in 40 shows in 40 years, often highlighting the America's Cup.

However, at the request of his family, all of Biddle’s videos are being withdrawn from the market effective July 1st. These will likely become collector’s items and yacht clubs may wish to add them to their libraries. Anyone wishing to purchase them can go to the SEA-TV web site at or email:

Excerpts above from the Herreshoff Marine Museum website.

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At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any reason why the family decided to withdraw the videos?


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