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Famed Multihull Sailor Tony Bullimore Has Passed Away

Sailor Tony Bullimore

Anthony Maurice Frederick Bullimore was born on Jan. 15, 1939, in Southend-on-Sea, on the English coast east of London, to Bill and Kitty (Da Costa) Bullimore. As a boy he helped his father in his shop in the Petticoat Lane Market in London.

Before he was known for his sailing adventures, he was a nightclub owner. In 1965 he married Lalel Jackson, an immigrant from Jamaica, and the next year they opened the Bamboo Club in Bristol. The club was known for its Afro-Caribbean music and mingling of cultures and races. The club presented a number of big-name stars, including Tina Turner, Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, before a fire forced its closing in 1977. The Sex Pistols were due to play there that week.

British sailor Tony Bullimore was a household name in England mostly because he survived for almost five days in the upturned hull of his Open 60 sailboat deep in the Southern Ocean, but before Tony became famous for his uncanny survival skills, he was already a well-known sailor setting and breaking records in his Nigel Irens-designed trimaran named Apricot. The boat revolutionized offshore racing in the 80s and helped push the boundaries of multihull design. Among his victories was winning the Round Europe race and the Round Britain race, both of them in 1985. He also famously capsized his successor trimaran Spirit of Apricot in the Bristol Channel.

Tony was 57 when he undertook the . . .

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