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Netherlands gears up for SAIL Amsterdam 2015

Ship at SAIL Amsterdam

This August, the Netherlands will once again be hosting SAIL Amsterdam, which aims to promote the city and its port.

Only occurring once every five years, the nautical festival is a must-see event, and one which those river cruising in Europe can take part in. It will take place from August 19th until the 23rd, and will see 43 tall ships attend the event, including 13 first-timers which have travelled from various locations around the world.

The free festival has been taking place since 1975 and always begins with a 7.5-mile-long Sail-In parade, which is a true spectacle that you won’t want to miss. It is in fact the largest public event in the Netherlands and is also the largest free nautical event in the world.

This will be the ninth edition of SAIL Amsterdam

This year will feature four Dutch Marine vessels, marine training ships from 11 countries and hundreds of historic ships and replicas. These will all sail to Amsterdam, after departing from the North Sea Canal in IJmuiden. When the ships dock in the harbour, there will also be a whole host of events both here, and in various locations across the city.

These will range from demonstrations by the Dutch Navy to a fireworks display, and a variety of classical and jazz concerts. A new addition for the 2015 festival will be a stage on the northern bank of the River IJ, which will host a line-up of shows under the name of the Sail Music Marina.

Visitors will be able to get on board a number of the ships to take a closer look, which will be free of charge, as well as a number of the concerts. However, for a small fee, there will also be harbour tours and special dinners that those attending SAIL Amsterdam can get involved with.

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