History

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.

GOLD MEDAL BOARD
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!

 

News

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The wheels of the organisational machine of Fraglia Vela Riva are in motion as it gears up for the start of the 2013 season. Twenty-one international events and ten local heats of open-sea competition are scheduled for a total of 100 days of actual regattas. Final touches are being given to every detail to ensure that  the very best is offered to members, participants, representatives of the various sailing classes, regatta officials,...
club 28/02/2013
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Fraglia Vela Riva staff!
club 13/12/2012
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In an analysis done by Fraglia Vela Riva's sport's director Andrea Camin, on the regattas in the Isaf calender ( The International Sailing Federation), from September 2011 to September 2012, showed that Italy organised the most regattas in the world with 82 events. In comparison France had 67, The U.S.A, 50 and Spain 33. This means that 13.78% of the events in the Isaf calender were organised in Italy compared with 11.26% in France...
club 11/11/2012
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ISAF CALENDER 2012: ITALY AND FRAGLIA VELA RIVA ON TOP WITH THE MOST REGATTAS IN 2012 In an analysis done by Fraglia Vela Riva's sport's director Andrea Camin, on the regattas in the Isaf calender ( The International Sailing Federation), from September 2011 to September 2012, showed that Italy organised the most regattas in the world with 82 events. In comparison France had 67, The U.S.A, 50 and Spain 33. This means that 13.78% of...
club 09/10/2012
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The largest sailing regatta of a single class was achieved by 1,055 participants during an event organised by Fraglia Vela Riva (Italy), in Riva del Garda, Italy on April 6th, 2012. Here the official news on GUINNESS WORLDS RECORDS official web site!
club 10/05/2012
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Here 2012 Regatta Calendar >>  
club 26/03/2012
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ON line 2012 Welcome Book! Inside the Welcome Book 2012 there is information on Fraglia as it is today,its place in history and all the programmes that make Fraglia Vela Rivaa club that continues to evolve.An evolution that has been achieved through our passion for sailing,for the young and for everything that plays a role on our great lake and in our smalland inimitable Riva del Garda.Welcome friends – from all the staff at Fraglia Vela...
club 19/03/2012
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Fraglia Vela Riva to host World Optimist Championships 2013. The best in juvenile sailing is to take place in summer 2013 on Trentino Garda, Italy.
club 05/01/2012
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club 20/12/2011
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Ledro - Today once again it was very hot here in Ledro but still the breeze came in at mid morning and the race committee were able to run a further 55 races, with 116 (including byes), completed in the first 2 days. Stage 1 permits a maximum total of 120 races so tomorrow morning should see the completion of this stage.
club 25/08/2011