The Tall Ships Race is a race only in name. It is not about the speed at which a Tall Ship sails from one port to the next, but it is all about welcoming, entertaining and educating millions of fans of sail ships across Europe. For the first time since 2005 Amsterdam is a port of call for these mighty wind powered ships and under the guise of SAIL Amsterdam 2010 hundreds of thousands of visitors get a taste of what it must have been like when these Tall Ships still ruled the oceans.

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Elmer van der Marel/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Evelyne Jacq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Evelyne Jacq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Amaury Miller/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Amaury Miller/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Sake Rijpkema/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Sake Rijpkema/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Pim Ras/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Mariette Carstens/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Mirande Phernambucq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Amaury Miller/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Amaury Miller/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Evelyne Jacq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Evelyne Jacq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Pim Ras/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Pim Ras/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Mirande Phernambucq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Sail 2010 in Amsterdam

(Photo: Mirande Phernambucq/Hollandse Hoogte)

Aug 20, 2010