Since its first edition in 1975, SAIL Amsterdam has grown to become the largest public event in the Netherlands and the largest free nautical event in the world. Every five years, in excess of 600 ships navigate along the North Sea Canal before mooring in and around the IJhaven in Amsterdam. The ninth edition of SAIL Amsterdam takes place from 19 to 23 August 2015.
Sail Amsterdam 2015 Set for August
The nautical festival Sail Amsterdam 2015, from Aug. 19 to 23, will host 43 tall ships, including 13 first-timers from around the world. The free event, held every five years in the Netherlands’ capital since 1975, begins with the 7.5-mile-long Sail-In parade, which also features four Dutch Marine vessels, marine training ships from 11 countries, and hundreds of historic ships and replicas, all sailing in line along the North Sea Canal from IJmuiden to Amsterdam.
With the ships in the harbor, a host of events occur there and in several other locations in the city, including classical and jazz concerts, demonstrations by the Dutch Navy and a fireworks display. New this year is the Sail Music Marina, with a stage on the northern bank of the River IJ and a lineup of pop shows. Admission onto the ships and for many concerts is free, while visitors may buy tickets for harbor tours, dinners and other performances and events.
Sail Amsterdam event – the tradition
The first Sail Amsterdam event took place in 1975, on the occasion of the 700 anniversary of the city. As the event had been an enormous success, it has been organized every five years since.
The Dutch have a rich historical tradition of sailing and sea exploration. Operation Sail in Amsterdam, called recently just Sail Amsterdam, is a big nautical event attracting literarily thousands of sailing ships. The most attractive of them –naval tall ships are usually surrounded by many replicas and smaller heritage ships. They all come together in the direct proximity of the city center - on the Ij Lake behind the Amsterdam Central Station. Thousands of smaller yacht and boats filled with spectators are there to greet them.
More than the ships
At the heart of this internationally renowned event is an immense flotilla of Tall Ships, maritime heritage, naval ships and impressive replicas. In addition to the vessels themselves, each day offers up a varied programme of cultural and sporting activities of broad public appeal.
Sail Amsterdam has truly unique character among the nautical events because of the participation of the biggest world’s sailing ships. Seeing them sail near the old city of Amsterdam, gives a lasting impression to a visitor. Visiting one of these ships may be also very interesting, not only for kids. Ships arrive to the waters of Amsterdam Ij Lake in a festive Sail-In parade. In the days after they remain in Amsterdam harbor, while many other events – classic music concerts on the classic ships, pop and jazz shows, special contests for the young, demonstrations by the Dutch Navy and fireworks shows make Sail Amsterdam a fantastic and unique festivity.
Camilleri Marine Team