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.
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.
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.
After the Sail-In Parade, the IJ will be home to a flotilla of tall ships, maritime heritage, and naval ships.
SAIL Amsterdam — Ninth Edition
Held every five years, SAIL showcases Amsterdam’s maritime history.
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.
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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