Santander, World Olympic Sailing venue
Date of Issue : September 1, 2014
Spanish Post will issue a new stamp dedicated to the Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014. The stamp depicts a gorgeous yacht that is flouting in sea.
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 organisation’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 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.
Augustus - Founder of the Roman Empire
Date of Issue : 19 August 2014
Italy Post has issued a new stamp commemorating a great leader of the Roman Empire – Augustus.
The stamp features the statue of Augustus, found in via Labicana and preserved at the National Museum of Rome – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.
Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD. He was Rome’s first and arguably greatest emperor, a fine soldier and wise administrator who boasted that he found Rome built of bricks and left it cloaked in marble.
The adopted son of Julius Caesar, who defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra and built roads to span his new empire, Augustus was honoured by being commemorated with a new stamp.