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The event was organised for the first time in 1975 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Amsterdam, under the name 'Sail Amsterdam 700'. This led to the establishment of the Stichting Sail Amsterdam (SSA, Foundation Sail Amsterdam).
SAIL Amsterdam 2005 was held from 17 to 22 August, the 7th edition of the festival. The event was expected to attract 2 to 3 million visitors. The official number of tall ships which participated was 21 but in total over 50 ships with at least 3 masts were present. There were also several ship replicas, hundreds of classical sail- and steamships and some modern marine ships. For the first time several modern yachts and a submarine were present.
The tall ships were moored in the IJhaven (IJ harbour) and in Amsterdam North (across 't IJ) and the Varend Erfgoed boats were moored in the Oosterdok nearby, where one can also find the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum (a maritime museum) with its replica of a Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship, which is permanently moored there.
The main ships, in the order of the official walking-route were (with length and Nation of origin):
- STS Sedov (117m, Russia) (arrived later, on Friday)
- Tenacious (65 m, Great Britain)
- Amerigo Vespucci (104 m, Italy)
- Mir (109 m, Russia)
- Kruzenshtern (114 m, Russia)
- Prins Willem (the Netherlands) (a replica)
- Stad Amsterdam (76 m, the Netherlands) (the Flagship)
- Sørlandet (64 m, Norway)
- Europa (55 m, the Netherlands)
- Oosterschelde (50 m, the Netherlands)
- Eendracht (59 m, the Netherlands)
- Sagres (89 m, Portugal)
- Swan fan Makkum (62m, Netherlands)
- Alexander von Humboldt (63 m, Germany)
- Khersones (110 m, Ukraine)
- Pogoria (49 m, Poland)
- Shabab Oman (52m, Oman)
- Dar Młodzieży (110 m, Poland)
- Kamper Kogge ( Netherlands) (a replica of the kogge, a popular type of ship in the Netherlands in the Middle Ages)
- Statsraad Lehmkuhl (98 m, Norway)
- Mircea (81 m, Romania)
- Dewaruci (63 m, Indonesia)
- Tarangini (54 m, India)
- Kaliakra (52m, Bulgaria)
Smaller events included an exposition of yacht building and a parade of carnavalesque floating creations.
The event cost around €7.5 million to stage which was financed by sponsorship and trading activity.
On the first day, the ships gather in the locks at IJmuiden for the Sail In or Parade of Sail through the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam, led by the event's flagship. In 2005 that was the Stad Amsterdam, which was supposed to reach Amsterdam first, but she ran aground with the Dutch crown prince Willem Alexander aboard and the Statsraad Lehmkuhl then preceded her.
SAIL Amsterdam 2010 was held from 19 August until 23 August that year.
SAIL Amsterdam 2015 was held from 19 August to 23 August 2015.
The next edition of SAIL Amsterdam will be he held from 12 August to 16 August 2020.
- "SAIL Amsterdam 2015 - Official website". www.sail.nl.