remembering tony Bullimore
Sailor, race relations advocate and founder member of Bristol’s Bamboo Club, Tony Bullimore has died at the age of 79.
He became a household name after his yacht, Exide Challenger lost its keel and capsized in the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean during the 1996-97 Vendée Globe. Believed to be dead, he was rescued by the Royal Australian Navy four days later having survived inside the yacht’s upturned hull.
Bullimore competed in various Round Britain Races, winning outright in 1985. He also took part in the 1976 and 1984 OSTAR, and won the Round Europe Race in 1985. He married his wife, Lalel, and together, they opened the Bamboo Club in 1966, one of the first places in Bristol to welcome those arriving from the Caribbean. The likes of Bob Marley and Ben E King played at the venue. In 2000, Bullimore sailed from Plymouth to Antigua with comedian Lenny Henry for a BBC documentary, Lenny’s Big Atlantic Adventure.
Tony Bullimore taught himself to sail