|BCSHEET13||Official RNLI mint stamp sheet, unsigned||£35.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET13S||Official RNLI mint stamp sheet signed by Sir Chay Blyth CBE||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 13/03/2008
Issue Name: Official RNLI Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Perfect to be framed for the wall, this dramatic stamp sheet is a work of art. Just to make them that little bit more special, we are delighted to be able to also offer some of the sheets signed by Sir Chay Blyth. This sheet is proving to be one of our most popular sheets ever produced. It won approval from all who saw it - and Royal Mail asked if to offer it to their own mailing list!With only 1908 copies worldwide, it is a highly limited edition with investment potential. Above all, it is helping a truly worthy cause.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man as well as on some inland waterways. There are numerous other lifeboat services operating in the same area.
Founded in 1824 as the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, the RNLI was granted Royal Charter in 1860 and is a charity in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Queen Elizabeth II is Patron. The RNLI is principally funded by legacies and donations with most lifeboat crew members being unpaid volunteers.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Union Jack flag stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 1908
Sir Chay Blyth CBE
Born in Scotland in 1940, Sir Chay first shot to fame when he joined Captain John Ridgeway to row a 20 foot Open Dory across the North Atlantic from Cape Cod to the Aran Islands in just 92 days! This feat captured the British imagination and earned Sir Chay the British Empire Medal. He was also voted Man of the Year.
It didn't stop there. By 1971, he was the first person ever to sail non-stop around the world aboard a 59 foot ketch British Steel. The achievement was incredible. On returning home, he was awarded the CBE and the public took him to their hearts, voting him Man of the Year for a second time and Yachtsman of the Year as well.
His successes just kept mounting. When he skippered Great Britain II in the Whitbread Race of 1973/4, they won the elapsed time prize and a grand total of nine trophies out of the twelve available. In 1978, he won the Two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race with Rob James in Great Britain IV and followed that in 1981 by winning the Two-handed Transatlantic Race with Rob James in Brittany Ferries and breaking the record. The same year he competed in the Whitbread Race again. He was 2nd in the 1982 Round Britain and Ireland Race and was co-skipper of the successful Blue Riband transatlantic attempt in 1986 on Virgin Atlantic Challenger III.
In 1989 he decided to give ordinary people the change to sail around the world, by setting up the British Steel Challenge, where no experience was needed to compete. This is just one example of the many races he has launched and created. Most recently, Sir Chay launched the New World Challenge in America and bought the World Cruising Club.
He was Knighted for services to sailing in 1997.