SAIL Amsterdam is the largest free public event in the world. Its inaugural edition took place in 1975 as part of celebrations marking Amsterdam’s 700th jubilee.
The event proved such a great success that a second edition was planned in 1980. In order to deliver solid direction, the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation was established in 1977. Ever since, SAIL has returned to Amsterdam’s waterways every five years to showcase the city’s maritime legacy.
SAIL Amsterdam 2015 takes place in and around Amsterdam’s IJ-haven from Wednesday 19 until Sunday 23 August 2015.
The idea behind SAIL Amsterdam originated during preparations for the celebration of Amsterdam's 700 years of existence in 1975. After the huge success of SAIL Amsterdam 700, organisers decided to hold another SAIL Amsterdam in 1980. In order to effectively manage the organisation, the permanent SAIL Amsterdam Foundation (SSA) was established in 1977. Since then, the SSA has successfully organised SAIL Amsterdam in 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 and is now focussing on the 10th edition of the event.