Ambrogio Fogar

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Ambrogio Fogar
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Ambrogio Fogar in Egypt in 1975
Ambrogio Fogar

(1941-08-13)August 13, 1941
DiedAugust 24, 2005(2005-08-24) (aged 64)
Occupationsailor, writer, rally driver, all-round adventurer and television presenter
Maria Teresa Panizzoli
(m. 1971; div. 1985)
Partner(s)Katalin Szijarto (1985–24 August 2005)
ChildrenRachele Fogar
Francesca Fogar
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Ambrogio Fogar (13 August 1941 – 24 August 2005) was an Italian sailor, writer, rally driver and all-round adventurer and television presenter. He was a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

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His exploits included a number of successful long-distance sailing feats, such as becoming the first Italian to sail single-handedly from east to west around the world. In 1978, after being capsized by killer whales, he survived more than ten weeks in a life raft in the South Atlantic along with a friend, journalist Mauro Mancini, who died of pneumonia two days after the two were rescued. Another venture was Fogar's solo sled expedition to the North Pole. He competed several times in the Dakar Rally and in the Rallye des Pharaons.

A marble gravestone on the wall of a crypt
Fogar's grave at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan in 2015

In 1992 Fogar was paralysed from the neck down following a jeep accident while rallying in Turkmenistan. This did not end his adventurous spirit, and in 1997, in a wheelchair, he competed in a round-Italy yacht race.

He died in 2005 of a heart attack and is buried at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, Italy.

Personal life[change | change source]

Father of Rachele Fogar (her mother is Katalin Szijarto) and Francesca Fogar (her mother is Maria Teresa Panizzoli). Rachele Fogar was born in Milan on 31 July 1991 and Francesca Fogar was born in Tradate on 17 November 17 1975.

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