Dutch ‘Klompkesilen’ during 2016 Hansa Worlds

Sailing in a wooden shoe, it’s possible during the 2016 Hansa Worlds. The wooden shoe sailing class is an official class in the Netherlands and is mostly sailed in Friesland, the North of the Netherlands. The sailors stay on land, while the wooden shoe is in the water. We call this ‘Klompkesilen’.

Klompkes 2016 Hansa (1)Since you’re on the land yourself, you won’t have any control over the boat once it’s in the water. So you have to build the wooden shoe, including sails, perfect. And at the start you can give it one last push. The ‘boats’ don’t sail a course like a normal sailing race, they just sail straight ahead, the one that’s crosses the finish on the other side first, wins the race.

There are three different classes in the wooden shoe. There is the official ‘Frisian class’, the ‘Open class’ and the ‘Fantasy class’. During the Hansa Worlds we will sail in the official Frisian class, the wooden shoes are a bit fantasy because there all designed in the colours of the event. We’ll sail the wooden shoe competition on Wednesday, were we’ll also invite the local people of Medemblik to join the competition. It’s going to be a spectacular day with the Hansa boats on the IJsselmeer and the wooden shoe’s in the harbour.

2016 Hansa Worlds ‘Klompkes’

For the event we have build our own ‘Klompkes’. Not only are we going to sail these specially customized wooden shoes, we are also organising a lottery where you can win them! Buy your tickets from June 3th, we have limited tickets so don’t wait till the last moments to buy your ticket! Maybe you’ll go home with such a unique souvenir.

Klompkes 2016 Hansa (2)

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