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Nautical event SAIL Amsterdam 2015 is rejuvenated, renewed and expanded; Opens Wednesday
SAIL Amsterdam 2015 takes place from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 August 2015. ©SAIL Amsterdam 2015. Photographer: Wim Haze.

AMSTERDAM.- The nautical event SAIL Amsterdam 2015 promises to be the most impressive edition so far, with a record number of Tall Ships – 43 and 7 special ships – including 13 first-timers and a 12-kilometer long SAIL In Parade. SAIL Amsterdam 2015 has charted a new course with a substantial expansion of the event grounds, now divided up into thematic ‘oceans’. A new element is the SAIL Music Marina with a stage on the northern bank of the River IJ. The concept and programming are also more focused on appealing to a younger public. A national debate will be held on the SAIL theme ‘From the Golden Age to a Golden Future’. Lots of inspiring activities will be organised for families and for children. The exclusive SAIL Village is the point of departure for thousands of hospitality arrangements. It goes without saying that the programme again includes traditional and popular ceremonies and activities such as the Saluut Protocollair, the Fleet Review, skûtsjesilen (traditional Frisian sailing) on the IJ River, breath-taking firework displays and the Crew Parade.

SAIL Amsterdam 2015 takes place from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 August 2015.

First-ever Tall Ships to attend
During this ninth edition of SAIL Amsterdam, numerous Tall Ships will be calling on the capital city for the first time. For instance, the Young Endeavour is sailing into port all the way from Australia. The coming of this magnificent vessel is a unique event for SAIL Amsterdam and for the Netherlands. From Spain, we welcome a replica of the legendary Nao Victoria: the original 16th-century ship was the first Tall Ship to successfully circumnavigate the globe, between 1519 and 1522. La Grace is a charming replica from the Czech Republic, and will also be calling in to Amsterdam for the first time. Another first-ever is the coming of Guayas from Ecuador. This ship, too, was coveted by many previous SAIL editions and will now be putting in its first appearance. The Half Moon recently arrived in the Netherlands from the United States and will also be on show. Another newcomer to SAIL Amsterdam is the Chilean vessel Esmeralda.

Tall Ships popular with the public, such as the Kruzenshtern, the Christian Radich and the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, will again be part of the event.

From the Golden Age to a Golden Future
The Tall Ships are the origin and the heart and soul of SAIL Amsterdam. But an extensive cultural and informative event will be held on and near the water as well. Mitra van Raalten, director of the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation, came on board in 2012 and has mapped out a new course with her team: “With SAIL Amsterdam 2015, we wish to show its relevance more than ever before. What can we learn from our successful maritime heritage? How can we interest more young people for the event? How can we involve more appealing organisations in the SAIL programme? Our message is that we can navigate new waters and discover new worlds. SAIL Amsterdam 2015 is not just a mirror reflecting the past, but it also opens a window to the future. This theme will be apparent, for example, in the programme for the so-called Green Ocean at the NDSM Wharf and in the debate held in the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 22 August. Another good example of the rejuvenation that we are carrying out internally and for the public is the SAIL Academy, a platform where interns and trainees have the opportunity to pursue a role within the SAIL organisation. With them we have also set up a ‘buddy’ programme, in which young people from Amsterdam and the surrounding area are invited to take young international crew members on a tour of the town. There is so much to see and do during SAIL that a one-day visit really isn’t enough.”

Five ‘Oceans’ with separate themes
SAIL Amsterdam 2015 will not just take place around the IJhaven (temporarily renamed as Oranjehaven). More than in previous editions, the rest of Amsterdam will also be involved in the activities. To this end, SAIL has set up five different ‘Oceans’, each with its own colour and theme. Erwin van Lambaart, director of SAIL Event Partners, explains the new concept: “Oranjehaven with the Tall Ships and the main stages, including the new SAIL Music Marina, will be part of the Orange Ocean. The city centre is designated as the cultural Red Ocean, where various tours will be offered of nautically relevant historical sites and museums. Between the Orange and Red Oceans we have the business-oriented Blue Ocean, with the National Maritime Museum as one of the main meeting spots for the corporate world during SAIL. The creative and innovative Green Ocean is located on the northern bank of the River IJ, at the NDSM wharf, as is the White Ocean with its very diverse programme that will appeal especially to the younger crowd.”

SAIL Music Marina
Another new element is the impressive SAIL Music Marina with its large stage on the northern bank. Van Lambaart: “We will have a spectacular programme there every evening. On Wednesday 19 August, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will welcome the ships with a grand concert. On Thursday 20 August, Kensington and Miss Montreal will perform as part of the ‘SAIL Rocks’ programme. On Friday 21 August, the ‘SAIL Loves Holland’ programme will feature Dutch performers such as Jan Smit, Nick & Simon and Martijn Fischer (as André Hazes). On Saturday 22 August the public can enjoy ‘Disney Pirates of the Caribbean in Concert’, with live accompaniment by Het Gelders Orkest. In the afternoon of Sunday 23 August, there will be a farewell concert by K3.” In addition, every evening from Wednesday to Saturday concludes with the traditional fireworks display. Tickets for the SAIL Music Marina are on sale at from 12 May 2015. In addition to ticketed seats, free standing places can be reserved via the website at limited capacity.

Inspiring activities by the Friends (main sponsors) of SAILThe Artist
The Friends (or main sponsors) of SAIL are also contributing substantially to SAIL’s programme. ING is organising an unforgettable experience for families and young people, with various activities on Zeehelden island and the Tall Ship Etoile du Roy. Delta Lloyd is offering an extra-large edition of the ‘Optimist on Tour’ event, offering children a first-hand experience of sailing and other aquatic sports free of charge. Thanks to Telegraaf Viewpoint, visitors can take a seat in a large gondola and be hoisted 50 metres up into the air, for a fantastic view across the entire SAIL grounds. The largest lottery in the Netherlands, De Staatsloterij, can be found at Kop van Java, where it is organising a special and sportive experience for visitors.

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