A stamp in the Sports series is being issued, dedicated to the Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014.
The Sailing World Championships is the most important event organized by the International Sailing Federation. It takes place every four years, two before the Olympic Games, and is used to allot 75% of the places for countries taking part in the Games.
Santander is hosting the 4th World Sailing Championships over the first two weeks of September, when it will welcome about 1000 yachts and 1400 crew from more than 95 countries. The eleven Olympic categories will take part in the competition. Countries which qualify can participate in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) has set up several sites in the capital city of Cantabria, such as the marshland of the Santander Real Club Marítimo to moor the organization’s and keeled boats, the Star and the Elliots of the Women's Match Race, and the CEAR Príncipe Felipe (Specialist Centre for High Performance in Sailing), as well as other port areas nearby.
The first World Sailing Championships were held in Spain in 2003 in the Bay of Cadiz. Spanish philately marked this competition by issuing a commemorative stamp.
The second Championships were held in Cascais in Portugal in 2007, where 1350 sailors from 76 countries attended.
The third took place in Perth in Australia in 2011, with 1200 sailors from 79 countries.
Spain currently holds fourth place in the medals table in the World Sailing Championships, following the 2011 event, with three gold’s, one silver and two bronze.
The stamp recreates the blue waves of Cantabria, around yachts with sails billowing in the wind in front of the Magdalena Palace, an iconic building in Santander.
Spain 2014 Euro
Source: Spanish Post.
British Sailors Society label. SG543 Sea Breezes7/54