SAIL Amsterdam 2015

One event that we didn’t talk about in our last post, is SAIL Amsterdam.  It has taken place every 5 years since 1975 and the next edition is Wednesday 19th until Sunday 23rd August 2015.  As the name suggests it takes place in Amsterdam and more specifically in and around the IJhaven.

The five day event invites all the tall ships in the world to berth in Amsterdam harbour and take place in both flotillas and regattas.  There are Tall Ships, maritime heritage vessels, modern ships, naval vessels and amazing replicas.  Visitors can hop on board moored ships and explore them as well as take trips on them to nearby towns.  There are live music events, plenty of food and drink and every day ends with a spectacular fireworks display.

SAIL Amsterdam view of the flotilla

During SAIL Amsterdam 2010, and estimated 2 million visitors saw the event and this year (the ninth time the event has been hosted) the organisers are hoping for even bigger crowds.

Boats come from all over the word, including in the past India, Columbia and Oman as well as the majority coming from Europe.  You can even track where some of the boats that will be displayed at the event currently are on the official site.  From this page you can see them move from the Caribbean, the Canaries and Brazil to Amsterdam marina in time for the grand August opening.

An example of one of the boats that will be present is the Christian Radich,

The Christian Radich Boat

It is a 62.5m long Norwegian full rigged ship that was built in 1937.  It is 37.7m tall has a beam of 9.7m and was originally used to train sailors.  While the Tall Ships are the main attraction, all boats (whether small RIBs or a big sailboats) are welcome to take part in the event so if you want an unforgettable experience, why not take part.