Solitario, ma non troppo

(Lonely, but not too lonely)

Conversations between Michele Masneri and Ambrogio Beccaria

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Ambrogio Beccaria

The ocean sailor

Ambrogio Beccaria

Ambrogio Beccaria came to sailing by chance. Born in 1991 in Milan, he first took to the seas at a summer school in Sardinia and instantly fell in love with the sport. He studied for a degree in nautical engineering and set out to learn everything he could about ocean sailing. Ambrogio has a visceral relationship with the sea and the competitive streakeness that distinguishes the most experienced athletes. He is the first Italian to have won the Mini Transat, a solo transatlantic race for the Mini 6.50 that starts in from France and ends in the Caribbean, and whose finish line is usually crossed first by the French themselves.

Passion, expertise and a pioneering spirit - all distinctive traits that connect Ambrogio with the style and values of Pirelli, which is accompanying him on the world’s most iconic solo races and regattas.

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Michele Masneri

The writer

Michele Masneri

Michele Masneri writes about culture and customs for Il Foglio. Was a correspondent in Silicon Valley for the same newspaper and, based on his reporting, wrote the book “Steve Jobs Doesn't Llive Here Anymore ” (Adelphi, 2020). He has also written the novel “Addio, Monti” (Minimum Fax, 2014), an essay on Alberto Arbasino, “Stile Alberto” (Quodlibet, 2021) and a collection of profiles “Dinastie” (Rizzoli, 2022). He received the Forte dei Marmi award for Satire (2014) and Premiolino (2022).

Pietro Nicolaucich

The illustrator

Pietro Nicolaucich

Pietro Nicolaucich grew up in Tarvisio in the north- east of Italy, a land of mountains, forests and borders. It is precisely these elements, combined with his childhood and a love of seafaring adventure novels, that constitute the recurring motifs of his works.

Self-taught as a designer and writer, he began his career as an illustrator in Milan in 2009. He has , collaborated with clients including. Salani, Bompiani, GEDI, Mondadori, De Agostini, Feltrinelli, MTV, Moschino, Sisley, Benetton, Prada, Nike, Gas, Under Armour , Audi and BMW, and contributes to the drafting of texts for the online museums of the Google Cultural Institute.

Solitario ma non troppo

The map of the story

By Michele Masneri

The map of the journey

01 | Wilderness

02 | Food

03 | Fear

04 | Sleep

05 | Free time

Voyages

Route du Rhum

Regarded as “the queen of solo transatlantic races”, this A fascinating journey covers the : 3,542 miles from Saint-Malo in France to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe in one non-stop jump. The Route du Rhum is, one of the toughest and most important races in the world.

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Sailing stories

Mental preparation for an ocean regatta

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A chat with Ambrogio

Solitario
ma non troppo

The first time I’d heard about Ambrogio Beccaria I’d expected to see someone who was adventurous a bit ruffled. A solo sailor no less, one who spends weeks at a time alone at sea, I thought to myself, will be a dreamer with his head amongst the clouds. Who knows what drives someone to do such a thing? Then his name for sure had me stumped. And yes, when I’ve met him, Ambrogio seemed the stereotypical boy next door, polite. There was nothing of the tortured hero you might expect. So I sought to find out more about this Ambrogio by asking a few questions, studying his background and trying to learn his secrets.

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Sailing stories

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I sail alone. What competing on the high seas means to Ambrogio Beccaria

I sail alone. What competing on the high seas means to Ambrogio Beccaria

Beccaria's and Pirelli's desire for challenge and knowledge has chosen to embrace his solo experience.

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Partners on the water: how Pirelli is supporting Ambrogio Beccaria's ocean racing

Partners on the water: how Pirelli is supporting Ambrogio Beccaria's ocean racing

It's a challenge that pushes enthusiasts beyond their limits, out of their comfort zone and beyond. It is the essence, which is well matched with Pirelli, enclosed in the enterprises of Ambrogio Beccaria.

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Everything you need to know about solo regattas

Everything you need to know about solo regattas

What is the story of the most adrenaline-fuelled sailing at the helm of a sailing boat? And who started it all?

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How the Alla Grande Pirelli is taking “Made in Italy” around the world

How the Alla Grande Pirelli is taking “Made in Italy” around the world

A Vitruvian-man-style boat, built around the yachtsman with a strong focus on the surrounding nature.

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The Class40 boat with which Ambrogio Beccaria will cross the Atlantic Alla Grande Great-Pirelli is ready to sail

The Class40 boat with which Ambrogio Beccaria will cross the Atlantic Alla Grande Great-Pirelli is ready to sail

Full of special details that make it unique and special, it is customised to the sailing style of the skipper, who oversaw its design and construction.

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Alla grande-Pirelli is ready to set sail

Alla grande-Pirelli is ready to set sail

The new boat by Ambrogio Beccaria was presented in Genoa. The skipper from Milan illustrates its features and life on board.

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How to prepare physically for an ocean regatta

How to prepare physically for an ocean regatta

When you face a competition the physical effort is enormous and the lead-up to the event has to be carefully calibrated.

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