Ambrogio Fogar, the first “paisà” to travel the world solo

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30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1A volcanic adventurer, Ambrogio Fogar was born in Milan in 1941: in ’72 he crossed the North Atlantic solo, much of it without the use of a rudder. Between November ’73 and December ’74, with the 11-meter sloop Surprise he completed the circumnavigation of the globe from east to west (against the headwinds), entering, first among Italians, the elite of great solo navigators like Slocum and Chichester. In 1977 Fogar left with the Surprise for a trip from Buenos Aires to Cape Horn along with his journalist friend Mauro Mancini.

ambrose005On Jan. 19, ’78, the boat sank, attacked by killer whales, and the two of them scrambled to safety on the self-inflating raft, without water or food. On April 2, the castaways are picked up by a Greek freighter, but Mancini does not make it. Fogar died in 2005.

Because: Ambrogio Fogar is the first Italian to travel the world solo (moreover, from east to west, against the winds and currents).

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