re­mem­ber­ing tony Bul­limore

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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

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