Tony Bullimore at Earls Court Show
Tony Bullimore, 68, will be at the Earls Court Boat Show to launch his latest racing campaign: to have another crack at the non-stop single handed round the world sailing record held by Dame Ellen Macarthur.
In a career spanning 40 years, Tony has sailed more than 500,000 miles, crossed the Atlantic more than 40 times, and has won over 150 trophies. Tony was elected Yachtsman of the Year in 1985 for his outstanding achievements.
When Tony’s racing yacht capsized during the Vendée Globe race in 1997 he survived in a tiny air pocket in the upturned hull. Hypothermia, dehydration and frostbite were telling him to die, but his determination and bulldog spirit kept him alive for nearly five days underneath his upturned hull.
Tony will be at the show’s Survival Zone every day to meet with the public, to answer questions about his life as a racer and introduce exciting footage from his amazing survival. As Tony says, ‘Surviving in the ultimate storm in the southern ocean, in mountainous seas and winds blowing over 100 mph, in my capsized boat, is one thing. But being rescued by the Royal Australian Navy, in these ferocious conditions, sparking off the biggest ocean rescue the Royal Australian Navy had ever undertaken, is the stuff of heroes’.