Put your phone down while driving in Island County – It’s the law


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Effective today, Sunday July 23, 2017, law enforcement will begin enforcing Washington state Senate Bill 5289 (an E-DUI). Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act.  

Note: MINIMAL use to activate mapping apps, answering phone, etc. OK when your smartphone IS IN dashboard cradle.


When: Behind the wheel, moving or stopped at a stoplight is a $136 fine. Second citation within five years goes up to $236.

Note When pulled over for a moving violation there can be an extra fine of $30 for other types of distractions: grooming, searching through glove compartment, rustling through items on passenger seat, eating, etc, etc. 

Read Washington State Senate Bill 5289-S.PL


Time to get bluetooth and or dashboard cradles for your phone, or pull over in a safe spot when driving in Island County Washington. 

Stay safe while enjoying Whidbey Island. 

Whidbey Island Race Week July 10-14 2017


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July 10-14, 2017  |  Opening Party July 9

Anytime is a great time to be on Penn Cove, but Whidbey Island Race Week is one of the BEST TIMES! A world class sailing event, Race Week welcomes boats, captains and crews from all over the USA and world to the Oak Harbor Marina for a week of fierce racing and fun on Penn Cove.  Thanks and congratulations to Schelleen Rathkopf, Race Week Producer, and her entire crew and sponsors for bringing us another GREAT RACE!

Race Week 2017 – Preliminary Schedule 

Like the Whidbey Island Race Week facebook page

Follow the NEW Whidbey Race Week Twitter page 

Looking for a place to stay or camp on Whidbey for Race Week? Visit our Hotel/B&B page or our Camping page. 

AND let’s face it, pictures say a thousand words. Jan Anderson of Jan Marine Photography covers races all over the Pacific Northwest and country, she especially likes Whidbey Island Race Week. Each of the following photographs will direct you to a slideshow of another year of Whidbey Island Race Week. Enjoy. See you soon! 

2017 Race Week Photos


2015 Race Week Photos

2014 Race Week Photos

July 10-14, 2017 – Opening Night July 9th

4 days of world class racing – 6 nights of great live music – fun for all ages


June 3, 2017 – Coupeville Whale Bell Ceremony


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First Ringing of The Orca Network’s Coupeville Whale Bell

Saturday June 3rd at 3:30pm

on the Coupeville Wharf

After much effort, energy, fundraising, and volunteer hours the Orca Network’s Coupeville Whale Bell will be UNVEILED and rung for the first time this Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3:30pm

The antique (refurbished) bell, generously donated by Coupeville’s Matt Iverson, will be attached to a carved whale by Coupeville artist Jim Short. The carving was created in Alaskan yellow cedar.  Regional Native American Tribal art and the late Roger Purdue inspired the bell’s carving, and the Whale Wheel at the lands end of the Coupeville Wharf. 

Many thanks to the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Coupeville for their partnership and support! 


First Ringing of The Coupeville Whale Bell

Saturday June 3rd at 3:30pm on the Coupeville Wharf

3:30-3:45pm Shifty Sailors perform

3:45pm: Introductions: Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s Executive Director Vickie Chambers 

3:55pm: Official designations: Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes

4:05pm: Significance to Penn Cove: Orca Network’s Susan Berta

4:15pm   Group photo and symbolic ringing of the bell

NOTE: The Whale Bell is NOT THE SAME bell that was ripped off from the bench in front of Elkhorn Trading Company 15 Front St NW in Coupeville, Washington. IF you know of anything about the theft of that bell you can visit Elkhorn (15 Front St.) or call (360) 678-2250.

2017 Coupeville Memorial Day Parade – May 27th – 11am start


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Join all of Whidbey Island

for the

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

Annual Memorial Day Parade, Concert and Picnic

Saturday – May 27 @ 11:00 AM2:00 PM

Parade route will start from Birch and Main Street’s in Coupeville, run up Main (towards the cove), down Front Street, up Alexander and then up Coveland to the Town Park.  Once at town park there will be a concert and picnic.

Coupeville takes great pride in being the county seat of Island County Washington and honoring all those who’ve served from our county, our state and country. Our WWI Memorial (located at the Island County General Services building) and our Veteran’s Memorial (located at the Island County Court House) are constant reminders of the heroic efforts and actions of our citizens over many decades.

NOTE: Coupeville’s North Main Street at Hwy 20 will be closed at 11. Get into town by 11am


Coupeville Chamber of Commerce 

Annual Memorial Day Parade, Concert and Picnic

Saturday – May 27 @ 11:00 AM2:00 PM

SUNDAY – MAY 29th  3pm – 4:30pm

Memorial Day Heritage Tour of Sunnyside Cemetery

Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery Memorial Day Weekend Heritage Tour

Ebey’s Reserve Preservation Coordinator, SARAH STEEN, will introduce you to – and share stories of – some of the first residents of Whidbey Island.  A special hour-long tour will illuminate why this place of peace ranks high among Washington’s most important territorial burial grounds.  Her special program follows a Memorial Day clean up of Sunnyside Historic grave markers.

 SUNDAY, MAY 28 at 3:00pm

 Tour passes $8.00.

Available from the Island County Museum (908 NW Alexander St, Coupeville – mapor at the tour.  

Space is limited – Advance Purchase is recommended  

All proceeds benefit the Island County Museum.

Passes & information: 360-678-3310

2017 ~ Penn Cove Water Festival


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Not a year goes by we aren’t proud to be a sponsor of the Penn Cove Water Festival’s Tribal Canoe Races here in Coupeville. Who wouldn’t be proud (and happy) about a Saturday of fun competition, food, music, storytelling, dancing, art, children’s activities and history in Coupeville.

The Penn Cove Water Festival Association is an ALL volunteer historic non- profit organization, keeping historic native canoe racing alive in Coupeville. 


Visit the Penn Cove Water Festival site

for line up of tribal teams, races, children’s activities, dancing, music, story telling and much more about this family friendly and historic event.

If you would like to Sponsor a 2018 Race or volunteer please contact the Penn Cove Water Festival Association at penncovewaterfestival@gmail.com 2017 Canoe Races and Sponsors

1) Single Woman Race – Jerry Saia (Coupeville Inn)

2) Single Man Race – John Weber (Nahma Investments)

3) Mixed Doubles Race – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship – In honor of Gary Piazzon

4) 6 Junior Buckskin Race – Orca Network & the Langley Whale Center – In Honor of “J2/Granny”

5) 6 Buckskin Race – Susan Berta & Howard Garrett

6) 6 Woman Race – Molly McPhearson

7) 6 Man race – Harold Anderson & Terry Bible

8) 11 Jr. Buckskin Race – Coupeville Lions Club

9) 11 Buckskin Race – Vern & Martha Olsen and Vicky & Ricardo Reyes

10) 11 Woman Race – Penn Cove Shellfish

11) 11 Man race – Ervin Knezek & David Bieniek

Family Canoe – The Crow’s Roost
Family Canoes can be seen at the boat launch or out on Penn Cove as they paddle and perform their protocol during the day. They may also come to the Wharf at Front Street and offer rides in their Canoes.

Travel Money for the first 10 Eleven Man Canoes to arrive supported by: Sue & Pat Waters, bayleaf, Coupe’s Last Stand, Jenne Farm, Jan Picard, Penn Cove Water Festival Association, Michael Ferri, Jim Sherman, Gary Piazzon, and The Crow’s Roost.