The wind in the sails
Come on board for SAIL Amsterdam 2020
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN
Between August 12 and August 16, Amsterdam will be the backdrop for a stunning fleet of tall ships, heritage sailing boats and navy vessels as the 10th edition of SAIL takes place. Experience the biggest free event in the Netherlands. SAIL Amsterdam will bring you into contact with ships, crews and visitors from all over the world. Will you sail with us?
A sail celebration to mark the 700th anniversary of Amsterdam’s foundation
Since 1975, every five years tall ships have headed to Amsterdam from all over the globe. The first SAIL was organised by the city’s port 45 years ago as part of the celebrations to mark 700 years since Amsterdam was founded. It was such as success that it became a regular event, staged at five year intervals and has grown into the biggest free public event in the Netherlands. Check out the highlights of the nine previous editions below and look forward to celebrating the 10th edition.
The first SAIL, dubbed SAIL Amsterdam 700, took place from Friday, August 15 to Monday, August 18 as the port of Amsterdam’s contribution to the city’s 700th anniversary celebrations. In total 18 large and more than 500 training ships, together with a massive flotilla of old Dutch yachts and sailing boats, gathered for the weekend on Amsterdam’s IJ waterway. The harbour area looked like it did centuries ago, when the East Indiamen and fishing boats dominated the waterfront. Lots of different events were organised on land around the nautical theme.
Mayor: Ivo Samkalden Number of visitors: 700,000 Weather: 20 Celsius
After the success of the first edition, SAIL Amsterdam 1980 attracted more than 1,000 sailing ships and 10,000 smaller boats to Amsterdam. The mayor said at the time: ‘Our sailors are typified by their love of old ships and their powers of endurance. It is thanks to them that these old Dutch ships have not disappeared and can be seen in their full glory during SAIL.’
Mayor: Wim Polak Number of visitors: 1,000,000 Weather: 19 Celsius
In the 17th century, Amsterdam was one of the world’s most important trading centres and the third edition of SAIL really brought this home. Two projects made SAIL Amsterdam 1985 particularly special: plans to build a real Dutch windjammer and a real VOC ship at the SAIL location itself. SAIL 1985 broke more records and became one of the biggest nautical events in the world.
Mayor: Ed van Thijn Number of visitors: 1.4 million Weather: 19 Celsius
By 1990 an event dreamt up to celebrate 700 years of Amsterdam had gone global. The organisation had professionalised thanks to the support of financial sponsors and SAIL was fast becoming a tradition for sailors and maritime history devotees around the world.
Mayor: Ed van Thijn Number of visitors: 1.6 million Weather: 26 Celsius
In 1995 the event was extended to five days and again more than 1,000 ships with 8,000 crew sailed into Amsterdam. SAIL Amsterdam 1995 saw the IJ waterway become the world’s busiest port and the event itself became the biggest festival of maritime history in the world.
Mayor: Schelto Patijn Number of visitors: 1.6 million Weather: 26 Celsius
The start of the new millennium saw SAIL continue to develop, with more ships, more visitors and more pulling power. SAIL remained a free event, attracting hundreds and thousands of people to line the North Sea Canal to greet the tall ships and other boats.
Mayor: Schelto Patijn Number of visitors: 2.4 million Weather: 22 Celsius
The SAIL Amsterdam 2005 motto ‘Enjoy a world of friendships’, brought a new dimension to the event by focusing on uniting the world and different cultures through maritime history.
Mayor: Job Cohen Number of visitors: 2.6 million Weather: 24 Celsius
SAIL Amsterdam 2010 took place from Thursday, August 19 to Monday, August 23 and brought with it once again an ‘organised chaos’ of tall ships and heritage boats, alongside visitors from all over the world.
Mayor: Eberhard van der Laan Number of visitors: 1.7 million Weather: 24 Celsius
SAIL Amsterdam 2015 was given a new direction by the involvement of SAIL Event Partners, which expanded the event location into five thematic areas or oceans, allowing everyone to enjoy the tall ships, unique concerts, innovation, guided tours and exhibitions.
Mayor: Eberhard van der Laan Number of visitors: 2.3 million Weather: 25 Celsius
SAIL celebrates its 10th anniversary and is now officially the biggest free event in the Netherlands. Tall ships from all over the world will once again return to Amsterdam, from August 12 to 16 under the motto ‘SAIL unites the world’.
Mayor: Femke Halsema Number of visitors: unknown Weather: unknown
SAIL Amsterdam Foundation
The success of the very first SAIL in 1975 prompted the establishment of the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation as event organiser.
Vice admiral Arie Jan de Waard
Chairman SAIL Amsterdam Foundation
Mitra Van Raalten
Director SAIL Amsterdam Foundation
Member of the Land Registry board
Director Overijssel provincial authority
Robbert Jan van den Oord
Project manager KN DCWS, Defence Material Organisation
Strategic advisor, Ministry of Defense
Partner Wijngarde, Beekers & Verhoeven
Communicatieadviseur social media Koninklijke Marine
SAIL Event Partners
SAIL Event Partners was set up in April 2014 to organise all SAIL events and ensure their continuity. It is an alliance between the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation, Ace Concepts & Events and the Port of Amsterdam.
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SAIL Event Partners C.V.
SAIL Amsterdam Foundation
ACE Concepts & Events
Port of Amsterdam
The project team
SAIL Amsterdam 2020 is organised by the project team. The various teams within the main team are being expanded to bring in new skills and expertise in the run-up to SAIL. And the support of over 2,000 volunteers is crucial to making SAIL a success.
The SAIL Family
The SAIL family is made up of groups and local authorities which have been part of SAIL since the early days. SAIL would not be the same without their community involvement. Now supporting SAIL for the tenth time, they have developed bonds as valuable and as strong as those within a real family.
THE MAIN SPONSORS OF SAIL
The main sponsors of SAIL are crucial to realize the 10th edition of the biggest nautical event of the world.
The sponsors of SAIL
SAIL Amsterdam 2020 is made possible by our sponsors.
The Suppliers of SAIL
SAILAmsterdam 2020 is made possible by our suppliers.
The Supporters of SAIL
SAILAmsterdam 2020 is made possible by our supporters.
Strengthening SAIL Amsterdam 2020
Sustainability, inclusivity and developing talent
How will SAIL maintain its relevance? First of all, by emphasising the way it draws together ships, crews and visitors. But SAIL also focuses on three concrete themes: sustainability, inclusivity and developing talent. You can find out more about the way SAIL is boosting sustainability here
The SAIL academy is all about talent and we offer various internships and other work experience options. Of course we have our own requirements but we are keen to find out what you consider to be important, what makes you passionate and how working at SAIL can contribute to your education. This means you will not only develop ties to SAIL, but with the other companies and local authorities which are involved. In all, SAIL is a great place to work on your talent and benefit our partners at the same time
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