The annual antique barge race which is held in the North of Holland and locally known as "skutsje silen" was won this year by Tjitte Brouwer from Heerenveen with the boat "Gerben van Manen".
The annual antique barge race which is held in the North of Holland and locally known as "skutsje silen" was won this year by Tjitte Brouwer from Heerenveen with the boat "Gerben van Manen". It was the third time that the race was held. 14 boats, all former package boats took part. Most of the boats are now owned by firms or sponsored by the dutch provinces, it has become to expensive for individual enthusiast to keep a "skutsje. As the only time the boats are used is during the week in summer the ??? are on. In the last years the ??? has become a major tourist attraction. Not everybody can sail the barges, the enormous ships need a very skilled and strong crew, in bad whether there are often accidents as the ships are very difficult to handle.
This year the weather at "Snekermeer" was nice but the wind was so strong that it was impossible to sail the eleven days of a normal season on four days the match was cancelled due to the wind.In fridays final race, most boats arrived at the same time at the first b... which caused an accident in which "The half Moon" had to quit the race.
Today's (friday) winner was the "Pan" with captain an van de Akker. He had been ahead of the others during most of the race. But overall winner Mr. Brouwer crept to the front after having been behind at the start of the race. ??? came third in this last race. Second came "the Village Huzem" with captain Lodewijk Metter and third in the total of all races came todays winner Mr an de Akker.