Press release: FISU world university championship sailing

Desenzano, January 22,2024

The Fraglia Vela Desenzano, in collaboration with CUS-Brescia and under the auspices of the Italian Sailing Federation, Italian University Sports Center, and the International University Sports Federation, is pleased to announce the organization of the World University Sailing Championships in 2024.

From June 4 to 11, 2024, the city will host the “Desenzano 2024 World University Championship Sailing,” an extraordinary event featuring 16 teams of students from around the world competing in the waters of lower Lake Garda. The chosen format for the competition will be fleet racing, using the Dolphin 81 boat, a Santarelli-designed one-design boat widely used not only on Lake Garda.

The Dolphin 81, in addition to being fast and suitable for Garda regattas, allows for teams of 4 to 6 people. Participants must meet the established requirements: form a mixed and gender-equal crew (at least half of the team must be of the same gender), be university students, and be born between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2006. Further information is available in the regatta announcement published on the website

Special thanks to the Italian Sailing Federation and CUS-Brescia, who supported the candidacy of Fraglia Vela Desenzano in the selection phase and will, with their support, make the regattas possible. This event aligns with the commitment of the Federation and CUSI to promote university sailing, in line with what has already been achieved with the Universiade in Naples in 2019. Additionally, it integrates seamlessly with the wide range of sports and cultural events organized by the Municipality of Desenzano del Garda, including the Granfondo Colnago and the Giro d’Italia.

Fraglia Vela Desenzano is thus the organizer of an internationally significant event, fitting into the more than 30 university world championships planned annually by the International University Sports Federation.

We hope that this extraordinary event captures your attention.

Best regards,

Stefano Loda