The Volvo Ocean Race will soon be coming to Galway and to mark the occasion An Post has launched a nautically themed two-stamp set.Designed by Steve Simpson, the set is based on paintings by Vincent Killowry. The gruelling Volvo Ocean race started in Alicante, Spain in November and has now taken nine months, covering over 39,000 nautical miles, and will finish in Galway in early July. Inspired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson\’s feat in becoming the first person to sail non-stop, and single-handedly, around the world in 1969, the then Whitbread Ocean race was launched in 1973. The race, which has since become known as the Volvo Ocean Race, is held every three years and is one of the most demanding sporting events in the world. This is the second time the Volvo Ocean Race has hit Irish shores (Galway was a stage start in 2009) and this is the second stamp issue painted by Vincent Killowry. The (55c) stamp captures the tremendous competitive spirit of the race itself. A second special issue stamp (€3), is only available as part of a specially produced minisheet.