SAIL Amsterdam guarantees an impressive and incomparable fleet of tall ships, sailing heritage craft, modern ships, naval ships and replicas. The biggest nautical event in the world is organized once every five years and attracts well over a one and a half million visitors.
Ships and Shows
SAIL traditionally starts with the Parade: hundreds of ships sail into the IJ and form a unique sight which you’ll never forget. In the following days several matches on the water take place, including ‘Skûtsjesilen’ (sailing with a typical Frisian ship). The Royal Netherlands Navy will also display their skills on the water.
Next to all the activity on the water, there is also plenty to do on the wharfs. The SAIL program boasts entertainment, art, culture, music, and sporting- and children’s activities.
SAIL Amsterdam is about boats, ships and anything else that floats. After five years of preparations SAIL Amsterdam in 2020 will absolutely amaze you. Days prior to the event you can get a preview of the amazing fleet in IJmuiden, where the ships gather for the parade. This so-called PreSail IJmuiden also attracts thousands of boat lovers, water sports enthusiasts and curious people.