SAIL Amsterdam is one of the biggest attractions in Amsterdam, cruising into the city every five years. In August 2020 an entire flotilla of tall ships and many other special boats and vessels sail along the River IJ before docking near the city centre.SAIL Amsterdam is the biggest nautical event in the world with an impressive fleet of Tall Ships, sailing heritage craft, modern ships, naval ships and replicas. Cruising into the city every five years with an entire flotilla of Tall Ships and many other special boats and vessels sail along the North Sea Canal before docking near the city centre.
Historic fleet in Amsterdam
Mitra van Raalten- Director of the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation: Amsterdam has always been a city with water close to its heart. The IJ harbor and the river Amstel, as well as its historic canals, played a major role in its unique urban development over the centuries. And the city has played a huge part in international maritime over the centuries, too. As well are we a seafaring nation. So every five years when SAIL Amsterdam comes around, hundreds of thousands gather to wave in the ships sailing into the city, as well as to experience maritime-themed performances and concerts, and lap up the chance to climb aboard both the old and new Tall Ships. The first SAIL was in 1975. Forty-five years later in August 2020, we expect more than 6000 ships to sail into the North Sea Canal to moor in the Port of Amsterdam.
- The largest nautical event in the world;
- 2,4 million visitors in 2015
- International celebration and national pride atmosphere
- A fleet of impressiveTall Ships, sailing heritage craft, modern ships, naval ships and replicas.