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Gruppo vela LNI Follonica

In 1976 a small group of youg sailors formed the Centro Diffusione Vela, aiming to promote the sport of sailing. Supported by the LNI Follonica , the new club was affiliated with the FIV (Italian Sailing Federation) and named Gruppo Vela LNI Follonica.

During those pioneering days the first facilities were at The Gulf beach club. Later a small shed was
erected at Boschetto, on a stretch of beach made available by the ANMI. The first official races
were organised – FJ and 470.
In 1981 the club organised its first Italian championship, Europe class, at the Colonia Marina CIF which, for many years, continued to host the winter activities of the Group including the Optimist World Championship 1982. This occasion represented the real turning point of the association.
Challenged to the limits, this competition was undoubtedly a defining moment for our club, only in existence for 5 years at the time. Meantime, the club moved to its present location at Pratoranieri. At the new premises the organisation of important events and the development of the sailing school went hand in hand. During the 1990s our racing team achieved acclaimed success, with victories in the Optimist class at World, European and Italian Championships.
Our club has continued to organise a succession of important events, Italian championships, national and international regattas, including the Italian Olympic Class Championship and the European Dart Championship in 1999.
Our Vela Group has always been involved in activities for the youth classes, organising regattas for Optimist, Laser , Laser 2 and Equipe, culminating with the Coppa Primavela and Italian Youth Siingles Championships.

Complete list of organised events


International success has also been achieved in catamaran and offshore classes. Most years our club has a full program; our athletes, members and staff surely continue to maintain the club's fine reputation.

Below is a video that turns the pages of the book published in 2006 on the occasion of the first 30 years of the Vela Group (1976-2006).

Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:55)