Sail Amsterdam 2015 Set for August


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The nautical festival Sail Amsterdam 2015, from Aug. 19 to 23, will host 43 tall ships, including 13 first-timers from around the world. The free event, held every five years in the Netherlands’ capital since 1975, begins with the 7.5-mile-long Sail-In parade, which also features four Dutch Marine vessels, marine training ships from 11 countries, and hundreds of historic ships and replicas, all sailing in line along the North Sea Canal from IJmuiden to Amsterdam.

With the ships in the harbor, a host of events occur there and in several other locations in the city, including classical and jazz concerts, demonstrations by the Dutch Navy and a fireworks display. New this year is the Sail Music Marina, with a stage on the northern bank of the River IJ and a lineup of pop shows. Admission onto the ships and for many concerts is free, while visitors may buy tickets for harbor tours, dinners and other performances and events.



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