PostNL is showcasing the Volvo Ocean Race because the sailors are also staying in The Hague this year during the final leg. All seven competing teams were featured on the stamps. This includes the Dutch Team Brunel and two other teams (Team Vestas Wind and Team SCA) that also have Dutch crew members. They are shown on action snapshots from earlier legs of the race. The sailors on Team Brunel will receive the stamps during the Volvo Ocean Race Festival on 19 June.
Ludo Voorn, Marketing Director at PostNL: “The race is a long-standing tradition and is considered the toughest race in the world. It’s exceptional to see that there are almost always Dutch sailors competing. Unsurprising, in view of our long history of sailing here in the Netherlands. It was only logical for us to capture it on stamps, now that the race will be making a pit stop in the Netherlands.”
Emphasis on teamwork
The stamps were designed by Jan van Mechelen and Laurens van der Pool from ZEE strategie & ontwerp. “An easy option is to emphasise the individual sailors and the locations that are the start and finish of each leg. Instead, we opted to highlight the teamwork that is so crucial for a sailing team during a race. This approach also allowed our design to bring out the way boats move when they’re sailing,” explains Laurens van der Pool.