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SKS skûtsjesilen in Eernewoude.

Skûtsjesilen is a Frisian regatta with skûtsjes, in particular, the races organised by the Sintrale Kommisje Skûtsjesilen (SKS) and the Iepen Fryske Kampioenskippen Skûtsjesilen (IFKS).


In the early nineteenth century, competitions were organized with skûtsjes for example in 1820 in Sneek. Regattas were held when farmers had no cargo. Sailors could sometimes earn a cash prize when innkeepers organized a competition during a fair. The prize ceremony would be held in the inn. In the second half of the nineteenth century, clubs were founded to organize skûtsje regattas. During this period, the amateur sport developed. Professional competitions became rarer: Professional skippers could not spare the time, and the number of participants began to decline.

In the twentieth century, cargo ships became increasingly motorized and the number skûtsjes began to decline. During the Second World War, there was a reduction in skûtsje use because of fuel shortages. Boats became available to amateurs. The Sintrale Kommisje Skûtsjesilen (SKS) was founded in 1945.

While the number of race committees grew after the war, the number skûtsjes fell; In the fifties, it was difficult for skippers to keep up the payments to own a skûtsje. Foundations were set up to buy a skûtsje to support participation. Thus, the current SKS championship arose with skûtsjes that come from a town or village. The only exception is the boat d 'Halve Maen, which was originally owned by Philips.

Lodewijk Meeter was important for the continued existence of the sport during this period. In 1953, when the regatta would have been canceled due to low participation, Meeter arranged enough boats so the competition could continue. He was also the first skipper whose skûtsje was specially bought for competitions.

In the seventies and eighties it became possible for individuals to possess their own skûtsje. Because these skûtsjes did not fit into the rules of the SKS (skippers did not come from a family of skippers), these skippers set up an alternate organization. In 1981, the "Iepen Fryske Kampioenskippen Skûtsjesilen" (IFKS), (Open Frisian Championships Skûtsjesilen) was formed. There are currently two Skûtsjesilen championships in Friesland.

The SKS regatta has long been attended by a fixed number of 14 skûtsjes. Although there are skipper or crew changes, often the ships are the same. The IFKS regatta has grown also over the years: There are currently about sixty skûtsjes in four classes.

On 22, 23 and May 24, 2014, competitions took place on the Kralingen in Rotterdam under the name Skûtsjesilen Holland. On July 20, 2014 the SKS competition will start.[1]

Skutsje Place Skipper Sign
Eildert Sietez Akkrum Pieter Eldertszn. Meeter
Sailsign from the Skutsje Akkrum
Twee Gebroeders - Drachten Drachten Jeroen Pietersma
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Drachten
d'Halve Maen - Drachten Drachten Berend Mink
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Drachten D'Halve Maen
Twee Gebroeders - Earnewâld Earnewâld Gerhard Pietersma
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Earnewald
Doarp Grou Grouw Douwe Azn Visser
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Grouw
Gerben van Manen - Heerenveen Heerenveen Alco Reijenga
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Heerenveen
It Doarp Huzum Huizum Lodewijk Hzn Meeter
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Huizum
Oeral Thús - Joure Joure Dirk Jan Reijenga
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Joure
Ut’e Striid - Langweer Langweer Johannes Meeter
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Langweer
Rienk Ulbesz Leeuwarden Leeuwarden Siete Ezn. Meeter
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Leeuwarden
Lemster Skûtsje Lemmer Albert Visser
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Lemmer
De Sneker Pan Sneek Douwe Visser Jzn.
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Sneek
Súdwesthoek - Stavoren Stavoren Auke de Groot
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Stavoren
Klaas van der Meulen - Woudsend Woudsend Teake Klaas van der Meulen
Sailsign from the Skûtsje Woudsend

External links[edit]



  1. ^ Olmer, Bart (2014-07-20). "Langweer wint openingswedstrijd skûtsjesilen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  2. ^ G. Blom, Om priis en eare. Utslaggen fan it skûtsjesilen, 2004. ISBN 9061716012.
  3. ^ Klaas Jansma, Met geveegde kont. Skûtsjes, schippers en wedstrijden, 2004. ISBN 90-806550-1-5
  4. ^ Rienk Wegener Sleeswijk, Eelke Lok, Gosse Blom, SKS skûtsjesilen. ISBN 90-74541-08-9.