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 26/03/2012
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
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
club 20/12/2011
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
PDF 2011 Welcome Book   >>   "A Winning History"
club 19/04/2011
April 13th  at 11:00 a.m. press conference 2011 Regattas calendar
club 07/04/2011
A busy weekend is planned at Fraglia Vela Riva with no less than 3 events getting under way: Saturday sees the final day of the Spring Yngling European Championship, the second day of competition for the historic Riva Cup with Korsar (85 crews) and class 505 boats taking part, and the start of the National 470 Regata with around forty crews in competition, many of whom will be participating in the up-coming Eurolymp scheduled from Wednesday to...
club 07/05/2010