Hampton Roads SNAME Meeting Featured Sailing Film-Narration

The Hampton Roads Section held its annual "Ladies Night" meeting at Newport News Shipbuilding recently. The feature of the evening was a sailing film-narration by John Biddle of Rhode Island. Renowned for his sailing films and film-lectures, he presented his 25th Anniversary Sailing-Film- Show "Silver Sails." The 242 members, wives and guests began the evening with a social hour hosted by Newport News Shipbuilding, followed by a buffet dinner. After dinner the business portion of the evening was opened by Section chairman Donald E. Kane. Roy L. Harrington then announced the election results for the coming year. Elected officers for 1981-82 were: chairman, Donald L. Blount, head of Design Branch, Combatant Craft Engineering Department, Naval Ship Engineering Center; vice chairman, Mr. Harrington, naval architect and technical manager, Newport News Shipbuilding; secretary- treasurer, Sam A. Tatum, manager, Engineering Technical Department, Newport News Shipbuilding; and Capt. David P. Donohue, commander, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, to a three-year term on the Executive Committee.

Mr. Biddle's "Silver Sails" presentation began with a film-narration of the "Great Connecticut River Sunfish Marathon," which is held yearly, followed by "The 1980 Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race," for sailing boats as large as 50 feet or more, and finally "The America's Cup Trials and Final Races of 1980." His expert narration of these films was extremely entertaining as it contained the humor of the Sunfish Marathon, the thrills and disappointments of the Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race, and the American victory in the America's Cup Race. The later parts of the show, the Trans- Atlantic Yacht Race and the America's Cup Race, proved to be highly interesting to the sailing enthusiasts present.

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