An Evening with Tony Bullimore

Bristol’s very own sailing legend Tony Bullimore has been invited by the Royal Geographical Society to present a lecture on his most recent adventure.

For 40 years, Tony has sailed more than 500,000 miles, crossed the Atlantic more than 40 times, and has won more than 150 trophies. All of this means he has established himself as one of the top yachtsmen of the century. Tony was even elected Yachtsman of the Year in 1985 for his outstanding achievements.

Tony said: “Speaking in Bristol, my home, is very special for me. The session is billed as a lecture, but will be delivered in the most informal and lively manner! It’s a real honour to have been asked to speak by the Royal Geographical Society. The audience will hear some very special tales I’ve been saving. It will be great fun.”

The talk will be about the international yachtsman’s latest campaign to challenge the non-stop single handed round the world sailing record held by Dame Ellen Macarthur. Tony’s aim is to break the record in less than 70 days.

Tony became famous after surviving the icy waters of the Southern Ocean in an air pocket of a capsized racing yacht in absolute darkness, having lost almost all food supplies for nearly five days, while competing in the Vendee Globe non-stop round the world yacht race. The unprecedented experience is the subject of an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth.

The event will take place on Tuesday 11 September, 2007 at 7.30pm. The venue will be the Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR. Tickets can be obtained in advance from Minuteman Press, 15 – 19 Nelson Parade, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4HY.

The Royal Geographical Society was founded in 1830 to promote the advancement of geographical science, and was given the Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1859. The learned society and professional body for geography currently lists in excess of 13,000 members worldwide. The society has supported eminent explorers including Charles Darwin, Sir Edmund Hilary, Henry Morton Stanley and Robert Falcon Scott.

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