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Review of 2015

SAIL Amsterdam was in need of renewal after the 2010 edition to appeal to more target groups, to rejuvenate and to give the event more relevance in terms of content. SAIL Amsterdam Foundation, in collaboration with SAIL Event Partners, developed a new concept for the last edition of SAIL in 2015, which proved to be a great success. The SAIL area expanded considerably in 2015 and was divided into five so-called oceans, each with its own theme.
Naturally, the heart of SAIL consisted of the impressive Tall Ships in the so-called Orange Ocean with the IJ harbor as its center. An extensive nautical and cultural program took place on and around the water. New for the 2015 edition was the SAIL Music Marina with a large stage on the IJ where five unique concerts by famous artists took place. The NDSM shipyard formed the backdrop for the Green Ocean, where innovation, technology and sustainability were central. In the Red Ocean, the center of Amsterdam, cultural institutions were involved with SAIL through guided tours and exhibitions at various locations. The Blue Ocean was the business heart of SAIL with, among other things, the National SAIL Debate in The National Maritime Museum as the main pillar. The area around the EYE museum and Undercurrent, the so-called White Ocean, was the place where hip Amsterdam fully enjoyed SAIL.

  • 1975

    The first Sail amsterdam is a fact

    Welcoming by the mayor
    “It is an honor and a great pleasure to receive all of you and your ships on the occasion of the 700-year anniversary of Amsterdam.
    We in Amsterdam are happy to announce that you have responded in such a large number to our invitation to make 700 a great international gathering together with our SAIL Amsterdam. Your beautiful ships will certainly form a scene that will never be forgotten.
    It is also particularly appreciated that so many young people, who experience the sea, the inland waters and their immediate surroundings as a challenge for personal commitment and teamwork, want to stay in our city for a short time.
    Amsterdam has a rich past that is closely linked to the spectacular voyages of discovery of Dutch sailors around the world. Today the city is modernized ‘under sail and on course’ towards a worthy future.
    Amsterdam hopes you will have a pleasant time during SAIL Amsterdam 700.”

    Dr. I Samkalden
    Mayor of Amsterdam

    Date
    Friday august 15th until Tuesday August 19th

    The Tall Ships
    Check out all 1975 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    700.000

    Weather

    General information SAIL Amsterdam 700

    On Friday 15 to Monday 18 August, the Amsterdam port will be contributing to the celebration of the 700-year jubilee of our capital with a sailing festival, called ‘SAIL Amsterdam 700’;
    18 large and more than 500 smaller training ships as well as a huge fleet of old Dutch round and flat-bottomed ships will meet each other at the Amsterdam IJ that weekend. The harbor image of days gone by now revives, when proud East and West Indiamen, the tjalks, barges and skûtsjes from the inland shipping and the fishing fleet of the former Zuyderzee brought our capital to fruition.
    It is unique that so many large sailing ships, varying in size from a few hundred tons to 6000 tons, are moored in one port as is the case during SAIL Amsterdam 700. In addition, a large number of smaller sailing ships also come to Amsterdam.
    Throughout the weekend, various events will take place on and around the IJ. All these events are accessible to everyone; the quays around the IJhaven were opened up by the adjacent companies during both days. An exception: the site of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam where a private party takes place on Saturday evening.

  • 1980

    Even bigger and more inmpressive

    Welcoming by the mayor

    “It is an horor and a great pleisure to be welcoming you and your ships during SAIL Amsterdam 1980.

    I realize that since the introduction of mechanical shipping, the necessity for ships’ crews to become actively acquainted with (sea) sailing has become controversial. In many cases only a small part of the training of those who have chosen seafaring for professional purposes is enjoyed on board sailing training ships. However, it is thanks to this part that we can still admire so many stately ships, barges, schooners and brigantines in our port, ships that would otherwise have long since disappeared from the seven seas.

    It is gratifying to note that the Dutch sailing fleet of restored authentic ships will also be present in large numbers. Love for the old ship and perseverance are characteristic of their skippers. It is only their merit that the old Dutch ship types have not yet disappeared and can still be seen in their full splendour here at SAIL Amsterdam.

    Since the dawn of her existence people have embraced the challenges of the water and the wind. The stimulus that has assumed this is immeasurable, not in the least for the character formation of those who are so closely connected with sailing. it is therefore good to see so many of you here united with your ships, which certainly have not only nostalgic significance, but underline the old saying in sailing, that the sea is a bridge to a common future. I wish you a pleasant stay in Amsterdam.”

    W. Polak
    Mayor of Amsterdam

    Date
    Wednesday 6 to Tuesday 12 Augustus

    The Tall Ships
    Check out all 1980 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    1 million

    Weather

    Sail Amsterdam 1980

    Armada Windjammers in Amsterdam, glorie der Zeilvaart revives on the IJ. For Amsterdam, history repeats twice in August. The large, square-rigged ships in the Amsterdam harbor during SAIL ’80 revive the glory of time – which is not yet far behind us – in which hundreds of imposing sailing ships regularly visited the capital of our country, and a reprise of the largest maritime manifestation five years ago: SAIL Amsterdam 700, with which the attention of the entire world (and of at least 700,000 enthusiastic spectators) was focused on the port of Amsterdam. Even larger in scope, even more impressive. There will now be more than 1000 sailing ships with more than 10,000 ships calling at the port of Amsterdam. And the large, square-rigged sailing ships will be the eye-catchers of that fleet.

  • 1985

    All that ‘r can not win its country on country, that should have alone by the sea’

    Welcoming by the mayor

    “In the seventeenth century, Amsterdam was one of the most important world centers. From the stately merchant houses on the canals, world trade was dominated and in the port of Amsterdam the merchant ships that lived on trade came to all corners of the earth.

    For the third time in ten years, Amsterdam will be the center of an international event that will revive that impressive past: SAIL AMSTERDAM.

    After SAIL ’75 and SAIL ’80, SAIL ’85 promises to break all records of the past and become one of the largest sailing events in the world.

    As the mayor of this city, it is an honor and a great joy to welcome all those crews of all those ships to Amsterdam on the occasion of SAIL ’85. Big or small, from windjammer to pieremachochel, we all like to see them again. For many it will be a renewed acquaintance, because they decided to participate in the memory of earlier events in Amsterdam. .

    For the city it is not only a memory of bygone days, an era of the sailing ships, in which we established world fame. It is also proof that Amsterdam is now alive and fascinating people. All this, added to the irresistible appeal of boats, wind and water, also brought innumerable visitors to the port of Amsterdam five and ten years ago. Again we look forward to all sailing enthusiasts, who are all welcome. An Amsterdam sailing tradition continues!”

    E. van Thijn
    Mayor of Amsterdam

    Date
    Thursday 1 to Tuesday 6 August

    The Tall Ships
    Check out all 1985 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    1,4 million

    Weather

    General information SAIL Amsterdam 1985

    Since the beginning of history, people have gone into the sea in search of food. To serve science or to build a better life in the hope of another coast.
    The sea has always brought us prosperity. In 1749 the ‘New sailor Song’ began with the words:
    It is sad that the Netherlands has not been able to maintain its historic site of first class seafaring nation.
    That is why it is good to be able to see again during SAIL ’85 what it used to look like in a port, perhaps the importance of shipping and shipbuilding is emphasized again.
    Two aspects point in the right direction: the plans for the construction of a real Dutch windjammer and the construction of a real V.O.C. ship on the SAIL site.
    Sailing ships have a magical attraction and I hope that a lot of interested people will go to SAIL Amsterdam ’85, one big ‘Jamboree of Goodwill’, and enjoy it.
    Joseph W. Voet, Captain of the Sea, etc., Chairman

  • 1990

    An event in that typical amsterdam atmosphere of health and comfort.

    Welcoming by the mayor

    Entrepreneurial spirit of traders and sailors made the Golden Age the trade center of the world. With their holds fully loaded, the East and West indigenists came and went over the IJ.
    Still surrounded by water, with its monumental buildings and rich history, our capital once every five years, once again forms the stage for a nautical spectacle with authentic ships in the leading role. For the fourth time in succession SAIL Amsterdam takes place and the interest promises to be very impressive again. The appearance of Mokum gets extra cargo through this largest sailing event. Pieremachochels through the canals, dragon boats in the East-docks, boat demonstrations in North and back in time with the new, 18th-century East Indian sailor the ‘Amsterdam’. As mayor of Amsterdam, it is my pleasure to welcome all crews from three-master to optimists. Amsterdam is very pleased to offer such international and fur company hospitality. For six days they will be the center of a huge interest with their ships. May SAIL ’90 equal or even surpass the success of the three previous SAILS!

    E. van Thijn
    Mayor of Amsterdam

    Date
    Thursday 9 to Tuesday 14 Augustus

    The Tall Ships
    In 1990 16 A-class Tall Ships came to the 4th edition of SAIL Amsterdam. Check out all 1990 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    1,6 million

    Weather

    Welcoming by SAIL Amsterdam Foundation
    For the fourth time SAIL Amsterdam. From a party on the occasion of seven centuries of Amsterdam to a world event in the top ten class. On the way to becoming a tradition in the world of sailors and lovers of maritime history.
    An event in that typical Amsterdam atmosphere of coziness and warmth, in that part of the city, where the history of centuries of shipping and trade can still be found. Actually something not to be missed.
    An example of growing cooperation between the government departments of the State, Province and Municipality and the various volunteer organizations in the field of shipping. An organization, which is carried out by a Sail office manned by professional forces and made possible by, among other things, the financial support of sponsors. From 1986 hard work was done on the development of SAIL ’90. The board of the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation is very grateful to everyone who has contributed. The SAIL Amsterdam Foundation is pleased to offer this event to you and hopes that you will enjoy many pleasant hours.

    Welcome to SAIL ’90!

  • 1995

    SAIL ’95 amsterdam, the largest maritime event in the world

    During SAIL 95 the mayor of Amterdam was Schelto Patijn.

    Date
    Thursday 10 to Monday 14 August

    The Tall Ships
    In 1995, 13 A-class Tall Ships came to SAIL Amsterdam. Check out all 1995 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    1,6 million

    Weather

    1995, welcoming by SAIL Amsterdam Foundation

    “Five days of spectacular spectacle in the IJ-Haven.” SAIL ’95 Amsterdam was announced in the media with this catchy slogan.

    Favored by beautiful weather SAIL ’95 Amsterdam from 10 to 14 August with a total of 8000 crew members on more than 1000 ships and around 4 million visitors also indeed that great friendly festival, sparkling and with lots of spectacle. Windjammers and jetty boats, steamers and skûtsjes, dragon boats and wherries, everything that was floating was to be seen and wanted to be seen. SAIL ’95 Amsterdam, the largest maritime event in the world, made the port of Amsterdam the world’s busiest port for five days. Without the contribution of the main sponsors and the support of the municipality of Amsterdam, the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Netherlands Army, a party of such magnitude would not have been possible. We can experience this grand party with that typical Amsterdam character again in five years’ time. Because also for SAIL 2000: Amsterdam has it.

  • 2000

    SAIL has to keep its reputation high: that of the largest folkfestival of the netherlands.

    The mayor of Amsterdam during SAIL 2000 was Schelto Patijn.

    Date
    Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August

    The Tall Ships
    In 2000, 20 A-class Tall Ships came to the 6th edition of SAIL Amsterdam. Check out all 2000 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    2,4 million

    Weather

    2000, welcoming by SAIL Amsterdam Foundation
    SAIL has a reputation to uphold: that of the largest national festival in the Netherlands.
    SAIL not only has competition from popular sports such as football and skating, but also from itself. Because every SAIL wants to be bigger than the previous one, in numbers of ships, visitors and organizations involved. And that works too. Every SAIL spends more, but also receives more, not only in money, but also in energy, daring and imagination.
    That is the strength of SAIL. All those hundreds of thousands feel along the North Sea Canal, on the quays of the port of Amsterdam and on the decks of the moored Tall Ships and the traditional fleet.

  • 2005

    From 17 to 22 August, Amsterdam is the proud home of SAIL 2005

    Welcome by the mayor

    Welcome. Our capital is once again the décor of one of the largest and most impressive maritime manifestations in the world: SAIL Amsterdam 2005.

    On and around the water heart of the capital, millions of people will enjoy a breathtaking golden fleet and a range of opportunities that Amsterdam offers. The unique and impressive collection of Tall Ships and other historic ships at SAIL Amsterdam 2005 connects worlds and brings people closer together. Amsterdam is a city where hospitality, tolerance and understanding for what drives others is the starting point for centuries.

    I wish all visitors of SAIL Amsterdam 2005 a wonderfully carefree day.”

    M.J. Cohen
    Mayor of Amsterdam

    Date
    Wednesday 17 to 22 August

    The Tall Ships
    In 2005, 21 A-class Tall Ships came to the 7th edition of SAIL Amsterdam. Check out all 2005 Tall Ships here

    Visitor amount
    2,6 million

    Weather

    Welcoming by SAIL Amsterdam Foundation

    ‘Man travels the world in search of friendships, but he finds what he needs when he returns home.’

    Under the slogan “Enjoy a world of friendship”, SAIL Amsterdam 2005 will bring the connection of worlds and cultures to life in addition to the rich maritime history. The seventh edition of SAIL is dedicated to international friendships.

    From 17 to 22 August, Amsterdam is the proud home of SAIL 2005. SAIL has a special bond with host Amsterdam and the Province of Noord-Holland. Amsterdam and SAIL are inextricably linked and SAIL can not be the same without the decor of Amsterdam.

    I cordially invite you ‘on board’ of SAIL Amsterdam 2005!

    drs. Edgar F.L. Peer
    Chairmen SAIL Amsterdam Foundation

  • 2010

    The board of the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation welcomes the ‘beautiful chaos’ that will trigger the event.

    The Mayor

    During SAIL 2010 the Mayor of Amsterdam was Eberhard van der Laan

    Date
    Thursday 19 to Monday 23 August

    The Tall Ships
    In 2010 there were 20 A-klasse Tall Ships to the 8th edition from SAIL Amsterdam. Check out all 2010 Tall Ships here>

    Visitor amount
    1,7 million

    Weather

    Welcome by the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation

    At last, the long wait is over!

    After five years lovers are eager for SAIL 2010. From the 19th to the 23rd of August the nautical feast erupts. Amsterdam is full of activities that have to do with sailing, from the funny pieremachochel tour to the impressive Tall Ships.

    The board of the Stichting SAIL Amsterdam is looking forward to the ‘beautiful chaos’ that will unleash the event. The police will do everything to ensure safety on the water.

  • 2015

    The ninth edition of SAIL Amsterdam exceeded all expectations.

    The mayor of Amsterdam during SAIL Amsterdam 2015 was Eberhard van der Laan.

    Date
    Wednesday 19 August until Sunday 23 August

    The Tall Ships
    Please check out all 2015 Tall Ships here

    Visitors
    2,3 million

    Weather

    SAIL Amsterdam 2015 The ninth edition of SAIL Amsterdam exceeded all expectations. Amsterdam was the nautical heart of the world during these five days. Almost 2,3 million visitors enjoyed the views of the beautiful Tall Ships, the various performances and the unique atmosphere. With five theme oceans, spread along the IJ, SAIL Amsterdam 2015 comprised a larger area than the previous editions.

 

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