Monday, July 13, 2009

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, 55c stamp Ireland

Date of Issue: May 08, 2009
Illustration: Vincent Killowry
Printing Process: Lithography
Color: Multicolor with phosphorous tagging
Printer: Irish Security Stamp Printing

The stamp depicts the Irish entry, the Green Dragon (joint Irish and Chinese team) to the Volvo Ocean Race, the world's premier yacht race for professional crews, that began in Alicante, Spain, in October 04, 2008.

The yacht was built by an Irish company, McConaghy Boats, in their workshops in Zhuhai, Southern China.

There are eight competing teams, and the course covered over 37,000 nautical miles starting from Alicante via Cape Town, Kochi, Singapore, Quindao, around Cape Horn to Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Göteborg, Stockholm and finally reaching St. Petersburg, Russia on June 27, 2009.

The overall rank by the Green Dragon Racing Team was 5.

Click here to see the souvenir sheet.

Source: and wikipedia

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