Bullimore returns to BristolDateline: May 13, 2001
Tony Bullimore and his TEAM LEGATO crew were given a heroes welcome when they returned to Bristol on Sunday, five months after leaving Tony's home port to compete in THE RACE - a 27,000 mile no-holds-barred race around the world.
A flotilla of little ships sailed down the River Avon early in the morning to greet Bristol's best known sailor as his giant 102ft catamaran slipped under the Avonmouth bridge with seemingly inches to spare between the motorway span and the tip of her 109ft high wing mast.
The scene was filmed by TV crews from the BBC, HTV, Sky and Now TV and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol and Eagle FM.
When they reached the Cumberland Basin, the entrance to Bristol Docks, hundreds of well-wishers lined the dock applauding, and as the road bridges opened one by one, many more were lining the docks cheering TEAM LEGATO past as she was led through the docks by the Cabot's replica ship 'Matthew'.
By the time they moored up at Lloyds Amphitheatre in the City Centre, the crowd had reached several thousand and all wanted either to press the hand of this 63 year old sailor or get his autograph.
"It's fantastic. What a welcome. These past 5 months have been quite a battle just to get round the world, but when you are greeted like this, it makes it all worth while." Said Tony.
"TEAM LEGATO will now undergo a refit in Bristol prior to moving to the South Coast this summer. "The boat has proved herself to be strong and very fast. We reached speeds of 38 knots in the Southern Ocean and we are now putting together final plans to go after some of the great sailing records." Bullimore disclosed.
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