Photograph by Wim Haze
SAIL Amsterdam is one of the biggest attractions in Amsterdam, cruising into the city every five years. It kicks off on 19 August 2015, as an entire flotilla of tall ships and many other special boats and vessels sail along the River IJ before docking near the city centre. The maritime fun and games then continue until 23 August 2015.
Historic ships in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has always been a city with water close to its heart. The rivers IJ and 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. So whenever 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 ships!
Fantastic entertainment for the whole family
There’s so much to see and do during SAIL Amsterdam. Throughout the event, the city centre area will be split into zones or ‘Oceans’, each hosting themed content, so even if you aren’t out on the water, there’s lots to do. New for 2015 is the cultural programme at the SAIL Music Marina, including concerts by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a host of pop acts. What’s more, the night programmes close with a spectacular fireworks show. Check out some of the SAIL Amsterdam 2015 programme highlights.
Highlights of SAIL Amsterdam 2015
- SAIL-In parade – From IJmuiden to Amsterdam – 19 August
- Fireworks – SAIL Experience – 19-22 August at 22:30
- Classical Waves – SAIL Music Marina – 19 August
- SAIL Rocks – SAIL Music Marina – 20 August
- SAIL Loves Holland – SAIL Music Marina – 21 August
- Amsterdam Maker Festival – NDSM Wharf – 21-23 August
- Pirates of the Caribbean in Concert – SAIL Music Marina – 22 August
- SAIL Thank You parade – Departing Amsterdam – 23 August
Oceans at SAIL Amsterdam
The activities of SAIL Amsterdam 2015 will take place throughout the city, stretching from the NDSM Wharf along to KNSM-eiland, touching many key locations in between. Some districts and neighbourhoods have been assigned a colour code for SAIL and will each play home to themed events and special activities.
- Orange Ocean: the Tall Ships are moored in the Oranjehaven (IJhaven). The ships can be entered from the quayside, and, of course, they may be admired from the water as well. As per tradition, each evening concludes with a breath-taking fireworks display. For 2015 you’ll also find the SAIL Music Marina here.
- Red Ocean: the cultural centre of SAIL is fittingly spread across Amsterdam’s city centre with its many picturesque canals. SAIL Amsterdam 2015 is collaborating with various museums, organisations and businesses in the city centre to host special activities.
- Green Ocean: based around the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam Noord, the Green Ocean is all about renewal and sustainability, showcasing new technologies, ideas and vessels for the future.
- White Ocean: the White Ocean occupies the area around the Tolhuistuin and EYE Filmmuseum, playing host to the Northwave Festival. Take a breather from all the on-the-water action with food, live music and great views across the River IJ.
- Blue Ocean: caters specifically to the business sector by hosting special events in and around the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum).