Skûtsjesilen Championships

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Skûtsjesilen Championships

Skûtsjes are typical Frisian ships that were originally used as cargo ships by Frisian farmers. Once a year sailing championships are organized in which skippers of these historic ships fight for the honor of becoming the skûtsjesilen champion.

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Skûtsjes are typical Frisian ships that were originally used as cargo ships by Frisian farmers. Once a year sailing championships are organized in which skippers of these historic ships fight for the honor of becoming the skûtsjesilen champion.

The History of Skûtsjesilen

Skûtsjes have a long and flat structure with which they could reach Frisian farms through shallow water. Sometimes farmers used them in sailing matches to earn some money. Due to new rules decreed by the water sport associations and the arrival of motorboats, interest in the skûtsjes declined. It wasn’t until after World War II that some skûtsjes fans started promoting skûtsjesilen again and turned it into the sailing event that it is today.

Frisian Experience

The skûtsjesilen championship takes place in August and offer you a great opportunity to combine water sports with Frisian heritage and fun. You can also rent a skûtsje with a skipper and experience a relaxing sailing trip.

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