Postal Boat Race across the Sea of Åland based on your items of mail

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Order the lovely Postal Boat Race commemorative card with this year’s special cancel and “across-the-sea” cancel in the web shop and send your mail items across the Sea of Åland the old-fashioned way. This year’s race sets off from Grisslehamn in Sweden to Eckerö in Åland on Saturday 15 June. We must have your order and/or items of mail no later than 7 June.

All participating postal boats carry a bag of mail to commemorate the peasants in Swedish Väddö and Åland Eckerö who were obliged to convey mail and passengers across the Sea of Åland in all kinds of weather.  The obligation to convey the mail lasted for almost 400 years and did not end until the early 1900s.

Some 50 peasant boats with crews of four participate every year. Participants are required to wear contemporary clothes, and the boats must also be true to the period. The goal is to cross the Sea of Åland as quickly as possible and, depending on the wind and weather conditions, the 44 km crossing takes anywhere from 3½ to 6 hours. The boat and team acquiring the highest total score for clothing, boat and speed wins.

The commemorative card is cancelled with the special cancellation. It also has a special commemorative cancel, which serves to certify that the mail has, in fact, been carried across the Sea of Åland by a peasant mail boat.

How to order the Postal Boat Race special and commemorative cancellations for your collection:

  • Order the commemorative card with the special and commemorative cancels in the web shop. Price: €4.00/card. *
  • Send us your self-addressed and pre-franked covers and cards to obtain the special cancellation. The special cancellation is free of charges.
  • Send us your self-addressed and pre-franked covers and cards to obtain the special and the commemorative cancellations. Price €1.70/item. *
  • * handling fees apply

Last day of submission!

Your self-addressed and pre-franked covers and postcards for special and commemorative cancellations must arrive at Åland Post Stamps no later than 7 June. Send your covers to Åland Post Stamps, PO Box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland.

 

Since 1974, the Postal Boat Race is organized by Roslagen Marine History Society and Eckerö Local History Society in cooperation with Swedish PostNord and Åland Post.

How to order:
1. Order the commemorative card with the special and commemorative cancels in the web shopPrice: €4.00/card. Handling fees apply
2. Send us your self-addressed and pre-franked covers and cards to obtain the special cancellation. The special cancellation is free of charges.
3. Send us your self-addressed and pre-franked covers and cards to obtain the special and the commemorative cancellations. Price: €1.70/item. Handling fees apply