Few places in Washington State can match the combined beauty, history, and charm of Whidbey Island. That is why Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is so excited to be returning to Coupeville this May! Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at the historic Coupeville Wharf from May 16th – 23rd attracting locals and tourists alike who want to get out on the water and celebrate the unique heritage of Island County and the North Puget Sound.

 

SUVA

This year, Historical Seaport has sponsored the first ever Whidbey Sail Fest in Coupeville. In addition to her regular tours and sails, Hawaiian Chieftain is partnering on a number of special events meant to emphasize Whidbey Island’s maritime roots. On May 18th and 23rd, ticketed sailing guests will be treated to a regional history talk by National Park Service historian and Historic Whidbey Director Lynn Hyde, and from local Capt. John Stone.

Cutty Sark

Saturday, May 19th is a special day of dockside fun! There will be free family dockside art and knot tying activities,¬†educational booths, and tours of Hawaiian Chieftain, Schooner Suva, and S/V Cutty Sark. From 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, all three historic boats will go sailing together with their guests. The fun continues from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the nearby Coupeville Rec Hall, where the Shift Sailors shanty group and Pint and Dale will perform a benefit concert for the maritime organizations involved. You won’t want to miss it! On Sunday, May 20th all three boats will again open for free public tours before departing for group sails on scenic Penn Cove.

 

 

Whether you’re Whidbey native or day tripping from the ferry, you should make time to enjoy the attractions of the Coupeville waterfront including the fun activities of Whidbey Sail Fest! Tours are open by $5 suggested donation; tickets required for all sails and the Shifty Sailors concert, book now as they will sell out!

 

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 16
4 PM – 5 PM: Hawaiian Chieftain vessel tours (donations appreciated)

Thursday, May 17
4 PM – 5 PM: Hawaiian Chieftain vessel tours (donations appreciated)

Friday, May 18
6 PM – 8 PM: History Sail aboard Hawaiian Chieftain with historian Lynn Hyde of Historic Whidbey and Capt. John Stone of Cutty Sark (tickets required)

Saturday, May 19
10 AM – 1 PM: All three vessels open for tours (donations appreciated)
10 AM to 2 PM : Dockside booths and family activities (knot tying, make a pennant flag, learn about boats)
2 PM – 4 PM: All vessels go sailing (tickets required)
7 PM – 9 PM: Shifty Sailors and Pint & Dale concert at Coupeville Rec Hall

Sunday, May 20
10 AM – 1 PM: All three vessels open for free deck tours (donations appreciated)
2 PM – 4 PM: All vessels go sailing (tickets required)

Monday, May 21
VESSELS CLOSED

Tuesday, May 22
4 PM – 5 PM: Hawaiian Chieftain vessel tours (donations appreciated)

Wednesday, May 23
6 PM – 8 PM: History Sail aboard Hawaiian Chieftain with historian Lynn Hyde of Historic Whidbey and Capt. John Stone of Cutty Sark (tickets required)

 

Click here to buy tickets to Hawaiian Chieftain’s events

Click here for Concert tickets, or buy in person at one of these Whidbey Island locations:

Coupeville – BayLeaf and Salty Mug
Freeland – Liquor Store
Greenbank – Cheese Shop
Langley – Moonraker Books
Oak Harbor – Click Music and Wind & Tide Books

For tickets to Suva’s sailing events, visit¬†schoonersuva.org; for tickets to Cutty Sark’s sailing events, email aeolianadventures@gmail.com.