This is how Milan celebrates the great feat of its Ambrogio Beccaria

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Everything fits like a glove. A Milanese man, named Ambrogio, has won the Ambrogino d’Oro, the highest honor that the city of Milan bestows on its fellow citizens who carry the colors of Milan “on high.” He is Mini Transat winner Ambrogio Beccaria, 29, first Italian in the history of sailing to triumph in the legendary solo transatlantic aboard a small 6 1/2-meter boat (which he named Goganga, after a song by his fellow citizen Giorgio Gaber, beloved by Ambrogio).

Ambrose is youngest on the list of 15 2020 awardees and only sailor along with his namesake Fogar, who was honored for his memory in 2005 and Giovanni Soldini in 1996, Beccaria, 29, a nautical engineer, is very surprised and happy with this unexpected award that will be presented as per tradition on Dec. 7 next year.

Winner of “The Sailor of the Year” awarded by the Newspaper of Sailing two years in a row (2019 and 2020), Beccaria is ready for a new season to build on.

BECCARIA LANDS AT YCI

Meanwhile, Ambrose has found a new base in the Mediterranean by joining the sporting ranks of the Italian Yacht Club. Starting this year, in fact, the young ocean sailor will race under the colors of the ancient and glorious Genoese Club founded in 1879 and will have its logistical and sporting Italian base in Genoa.

I am flattered that the Italian Yacht Club contacted me after winning the Transat. It made me hopeful right away because so many sailors have passed through this yacth club, sailors who went on to do great things, starting with Pietro D’Alì and Andrea Caracci. For me, it is a nice confidence and trust recharge, and this allows me to work well and look for new sponsors for the future“.

Ambrose Beccaria’s first image from Martinique. Boat and skipper apparently in good shape, although he appears to have suffered a bowsprit problem a few days after departure

WHO IS AMBROSE BECCARIA

Ambrogio Beccaria, from Milan, a degree in nautical engineering from La Spezia,is a professional sailor and an up-and-coming name in international ocean racing. The beginnings are those of many, with sailing courses in Sardinia from age 11. Then, at eighteen, with an old Laser he won an Italian class championship and finished third at the European Championships. More regattas in the Mediterranean followed, aboard the 16-meter Shambala, and in 2013 he began sailing the Mini 6.50, a racing boat only six and a half meters long.

He took part in the Italian class championship (of which he is now president in Italy), then came the Ocean sailing solo: in 2016 he was second at Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables, in 2017 the Mini Transat, and in 2018 he won six consecutive races of the French mini 6.50 class championship, literally dominating the season with his new Pogo 3 #Geomag and also winning the title of French course au large champion. And in 2019 he won, the first Italian in history, the Mini Transat, that classic of solo races with those racing “shells.”

FLYING AMBROSE

He is now engaged in the development of a prototype Mini, among the first “flying” ones, that is, equipped with foils, appendages that raise the hull out of the water, and dreams of taking part in a Class 40 round-the-world race and in the Olympic Games in the new mixed duo offshore sailing discipline. The French, who dominated ocean sailing, called him “Beccaria the extraterrestrial,” because of his talent for being able to sail faster than others.

As the last regatta in chronological order, Ambrogio participated-and won-the “222 MiniSolo” in early November: a solo race for Mini that starts in Genoa and traverses the islands of Bergeggi, Giraglia and Capraia before returning to the Ligurian capital, valid as a qualifying race for the next Mini Transat.


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