EUROPA 2020 Issues – Aland -Postal Boat Race

Aland issued a stamp with No Value Indicator (2 Euro on day of Issue ) on EUROPA 2020 theme- Ancient Postal routes. Date of issue 08 May 2020.

The theme for 2020 is ancient postal routes.On 8 May, Åland Post focuses on the historically important postal route across the Sea of Åland with a stamp illustrating the Postal Boat Race. The race is arranged every year in June in commemoration of the hazardous postal journeys and hardships of the farmer-postmen as they conveyed the mail between Sweden and Åland for almost 400 years.

The Postal Boat Race has been arranged since 1974 in commemoration of the Swedish and Åland peasants, who were obliged to convey mail and passengers across the Sea of Åland in all kinds of weather. Every two years, the race sets off from Storby, Eckerö, and all participating mail boats carry a mail bag. The boat must be true to the period and the crews of four are required to wear contemporary clothes. The goal is to cross the Sea of Åland as quickly as possible and, depending on wind and weather conditions, the crossing takes between 31⁄2 and 6 hours. The boat and team acquiring the highest total score for clothing, boat and speed wins.

The stamps were also issued in Gutter Pairs

Design By – David Lundberg Print Run -90,000

ALAND 2020 -POSTAL BOAT RACE -GUTTER PAIR