Information in English for international sailors
General information Sneekweek
The Royal Yacht Club Sneek (KWS) has organized this special event for the past 78 years. It takes place in the north of the Netherlands, in the province of Friesland. This year, the event will be held from 2 through 7 August.
The Sneekweek is Europe’s largest inshore sailing regatta. The most important thing for many people, however, is the fun and hugely enjoyable atmosphere for which we are famous! Sailors compete in 40 different classes. Vaurien, Yngling, Optimist, Finn, 2.4mR, Laser and Splash among others offer loyal fleets that keep coming back for more. Sneekweek easily compares Travemünder Woche or Kiel Week, except it is much more personal.
Fancy a sail in a unique atmosphere? Come visit our largest inshore European sailing regatta: Sneekweek!
The opening ceremony
The opening ceremony will take place in the centre of Sneek on Friday 1 August at 10pm. The event will be kicked off with a traditional “vlootschouw”. Forty boats, each representing its class, will be
accompanied by classical boats and music. This ceremony ends around midnight with huge fireworks.
The next day, the race committee will mark out the courses using 15-20 buoys, spread out across different connecting lakes. The audience will come to the Start Island in large numbers, ensuring an excellent atmosphere. Sneekweek is a challenging, professionally run, but most of all very unique and down-to-earth event!
When racing finishes, the party begins! During Sneekweek the city of Sneek dazzles more than ever before. In the heart of Sneek you will be entertained by lots of different bands and you can visit the local fun fair. Even the Start Island rocks with music day night and day in a huge party tent.
The Royal Yacht Club Sneek cordially invites you to take part in the Sneekweek.