Skûtsjesilen (races with traditional Frisian sailing barges): The whole of Friesland follows these spectacular annual races closely, and the rest of the Netherlands has great interest in them. The races take place on the Frisian Lakes near the Eysinga Estate, which means that you do not have to miss anything!

Such races have been held since the early 19th century. In these races, each Skûtsje represents a city or village.

Skûtsjesilen in 2016; do not miss it!

This is one of the top annual events for Dutch tourism, which you should watch if you have the chance. Encourage the crews, either from a boat or from the land. Visit the website at for more information. The 2016 championships take place between Saturday 30 July and Friday 12 August.