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SAIL Amsterdam 2020

The next Amsterdam SAIL event will take place in August, 2020.

SAIL Amsterdam 2020

The 10th edition of the quinquennial (‘every five years’) SAIL Amsterdam event takes place in August 2020.

It starts on Wednesday August 12, 2020.

It ends on Sunday August 16, 2020.

Note: A record 2.3 million visitors came to Amsterdam to see the tall ships during the 2015 event. That’s way up from 1.7 million people who visited SAIL 2010.

Hotels for SAIL Amsterdam 2020: Book early!

If you’re planning to be in Amsterdam during SAIL 2020, book your hotel early!

Note that hotel rooms will be at a premium during the event. Even if your are not coming to see the tall ships, it pays to lock in a good price well ahead of time.

The information below is an archived entry describing the previous SAIL AMSTERDAM event. SAIL takes place every five years.

Today through Sunday August 23, Amsterdam is home to SAIL 2015 — the largest public event in the Netherlands.

Matter of fact, SAIL Amsterdam is the largest free public event in the world.

Video: Click on the image to see video coverage of SAIL 2010

While there is a full program, the highlight is the presence of at least 44 tall ships from around the world — thirteen of which will visit the city for the first time.

Aside from the tall ships, there will be five Dutch marine vessels, 11 marine training ships from other countries, and more than 600 marine heritage vessels.

tall ships in Amsterdam

Sail Amsterdam is the largest free public event in the world. It features dozens of tall ships from around the globe.

Accompanied by thousands of small boats — from sloops and dinghies to yachts — these ships will sail today, Wednesday, August 23, from IJmuiden at the North Sea coast via the North Sea Canal to the IJ — the body of water on the north side of Central Station.

Around 2 pm, when the first tall ship — the clipper Stad Amsterdam — arrives at the IJ, the last ship in the 12 kilometer (7.5 mile) parade will only just have left IJmuiden and will moor three hours later.

tall ship

Built just 15 years ago as part of a project to provide unemployed youths with work experience

After the Sail-In Parade, the IJ will be home to a flotilla of tall ships, maritime heritage, and naval ships.

tall ships in Amsterdam

Tall ships large and small sail across Amsterdam’s river IJ.

There are a host of activities and events, spread out over a large area [map]. You can also visit the tall ships.

SAIL Amsterdam — Ninth Edition

Held every five years, SAIL showcases Amsterdam’s maritime history.

tail ships at Sail Amsterdam

SAIL Amsterdam takes place on the river IJ just behind Amsterdam Central Station

The inaugural edition took place in 1975 as part of celebrations marking Amsterdam’s 700th jubilee.

This year’s event, the ninth, will be the largest thus far.

SAIL Amsterdam

Tall ships from around the world can be viewed and visited during the SAIL Amsterdam event

Amsterdam River IJ

Most Amsterdam Tourist Guide Books all but ignore the river IJ. In doing so, they ‘cheat’ tourists out of experiencing one of Amsterdam’s top attractions.

There is so much to see and do on and around ‘het IJ‘ (we’ll show you how to pronounce that).

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