The term fraglia is thought to have come from Venetian-Istrian dialect meaning guild, which could prove its association with marine and sport. Another hypothesis is that it is a contraction of the voices fratellanza and famiglia in mediaeval monastic Latin. Whatever the case it inspired d'Annunzio to name Fraglia della Vela the new independent section of the generic Fraglia Atletica Benacense.

The Club is situated in Riva del Garda's Park in front of the historic Canale della Rocca and 13th century fortress. The Club started up in the 1920's as part of the Società Sportiva Benacense. In 1920 the restoration of the Austrian cutter Sirius, retrieved from the lake and renamed Galeotto, became the first flagship of a small fleet of rowers known as the S.S. Benacense: thus signalling the start of a long history of boats, champions and major regattas.

In 1928 Fraglia became a separate entity working towards a statute on the development of the art of sailing encouraging competitive sport through racing. In June 1934 the  Club was inaugurated and in the same year the adjacent  area known as  the Spiaggia degli Ulivi was opened, transforming the town of Riva from a Hapsburg health spa into a charming Italian resort with a decidedly Mediterranean flavour.

One of the most notable figures to have patronised and supported Fraglia was the great Italian poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. On the 31st of August 1937 he was named President ab Aeterno by the Association. In 1951 the first edition of International Sailing Week, Intervela, took place and in 2010 its 60th anniversary was celebrated.

Fraglia Vela Riva has been awarded a sport distinction Stella d'argento and Stella d'oro by CONI. Throughout its history Fraglia Vela Riva has always promoted sailing events in perfect synthesis with the tourism of Upper Garda and Trentino. Today Riva is well known in the world for its excellent climatic and wind conditions and is a major attraction for International Regattas and outdoor sports. Lake Garda: that «marvel of a lake» as described by Goethe.

Every year youngsters, trained athletes and members reach new heights in their classes and events: winning national, continental and iridate titles as well as competing in several Olympic Games.
So many have contributed in creating the rich history of
Fraglia Vela Riva.

Guinness World Records

On the 6th April, 2012 Fraglia Vela Riva entered into The Guinness World Records with the XXX Garda Optimist Meeting, the largest single – class regatta in the world with an incredible 1055 participants. This official record will always remain in the history of Fraglia Vela Riva and World Sailing!



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club 25/06/2017
Domenica 11 giugno il Presidente FIV Francesco Ettorre insieme al Presidente di Zona Rodolfo Bergamaschi e il consigliere FIV Domenico Foschini, ha conosciuto gli allievo della squadra agonistica della Fraglia vela Riva. Ecco l'articolo riportato sul quotidiano locale L'Adige
club 13/06/2017
World Sailing (240.000 like) and the post with Fraglia vela Riva "in white" pictures...
club 15/01/2017
35° Lake Garda Meeting Optimist Class: the registrations are OPEN! -------------------------------------- Aperte le iscrizioni alla trentacinquesima edizione del Meeting del Garda Optimist, primo evento internazionale del nuovo anno 2017 per la Fraglia Vela Riva! Per Natale...si pensa a Pasqua! http://www.fragliavelariva.it/regatta/2247/view #fragliavelariva #optimist #Optiworld #GuinnessWorldRecords
club 19/12/2016
Uno speciale augurio da tutto lo staff della Fraglia Vela Riva!  
club 15/12/2016
L'edizione 2016 del Welcome Book, con tutte le informazioni che riguardano la Fraglia Vela Riva, la sua storia, le attività relative alla scuola vela, alle squadre agonistiche, all'altura, con spiegate le condizioni dell'Alto Garda così favorevoli allo sport della vela in un paradiso delle discipline outdoor. Una presentazione curata nei dettagli, supportata da molte aziende, attività commerciali e turistiche,...
club 30/03/2016
Comments from President Mirandola and Technical Director Meringolo. A final video which highlights 4 fantastic days of sport, friendship and breathtaking location. Boom of interaction and sharing on social networks from all over the world as well as access during streaming.
club 29/03/2016
Follow us with a new web cam live by Skyline!
club 25/03/2016
Bel momento di aggregazione sportiva e sociale oggi tra la squadra agonistica Optimist della ‪#‎fragliavelariva‬ e la squadra Optimist USA USODA Team USA Lake Garda, presente a ‪#‎rivadelgarda‬ in occasione del ‪#‎gardameetingoptimist‬, Scambio di gagliardetti e firme sulla bandiera optimist, ufficializzata dalla presenza del segretario della Classe Optimist Norberto Foletti e naturalmente dal Presidente del nostro sodalizio...
club 21/03/2016
The racing season at Fraglia Vela Riva starts with a “bang” as the first international event of the season kicks off with the Guinness World Record event “ The Garda Optimist Meeting” for youngsters aged (9-15 years) of the Optimist class. Almost 1000 helmsmen from 30 different nations are taking part during the week of Easter and will involve the collaboration of directors, coaches, parents and many member volunteers.
club 18/03/2016