Over 50 tall ships have already committed to come during SAIL Amsterdam 2015, making it the largest SAIL in the world event ever. That the Organization has told this afternoon.
The Sail-In Parade on the first day has a record length of 7.5 miles (12 km) and the events area is a lot bigger than in previous editions. Thirteen of the 50 tall ships come for the first time to the Netherlands. These ships are the origin, the core and soul of the gigantic nautical event and will attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.
This year is not only the IJhaven, which during these days is called Orange port, the scene for activities. So the program also will take place in the town, where tours are to historical nautical sites and in the maritime museum, which is the venue for the business world. On the NDSM shipyard is a program for young people.
Every day of SAIL will end up with music. Among other things the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nick & Simon and Kensington will have a gig during SAIL on the north side of the IJ River. The Organization will place a tribune with seating areas for 5,000 men and in addition there is place for 100 boats.
Also Miss Montreal, Jan Smit, Martijn Fischer (as André Hazes) and K3 give a performance during one of the musical evenings of the boat show. In addition, the film The Curse of the Black Pearl will be shown under guidance of music of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concerts take place in the so-called the SAIL Music Marina, a large stage on the river IJ. There are also next to the paid 5000 seats next to the seating areas 500 free plots available. The evenings will end up with a fireworks show over the river IJ.
New this year is that owners of boats larger than fifteen feet length or up to twelve persons have to pay administration costs of € 69.50. They will receive an ‘ accreditation ‘, a strictly personal flag with chip, which must be clearly visible while cruising. If the flag is missing, then a fine of € 1500 euros plus € 150 euro per person on board will be imposed.
‘ Most ships in Amsterdam are shorter than fifteen feet, ‘ says Saildirector Mitra van Raalten about that. ‘ The costs are also meant to keep the hustle and bustle on the right track. ‘ Five years ago SAIL-President Jyoti Dave sat with his fingers crossed looking at the many near misses in the IJhaven at the Passenger Terminal. ‘ If you allow everybody you can predict that damages will arise. ‘
SAIL takes place from 19 to 23 August. Tickets for seats for the shows in the SAIL Music Marina are available starting from 19.50 euro.