Chetzemoka sailing tickets up for grabs

Whidbey Island residents will have a chance to ride the new Washington State Ferry Chetzemoka during its inaugural sailing Sunday, Nov. 14, from Keystone Harbor.

The Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce is holding a raffle which started Oct. 27 and continues to Monday, Nov. 1, for tickets. The chamber has 30 to dole out.

Entry forms are available at the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce office located in Mariner’s Court on Front Street, the Coupeville Public Library, the Coupeville branch of Whidbey Island Bank, or at A drop-off box will be placed at the chamber office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday though Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The drawing takes place Tuesday, Nov. 2, and winners will be notified Nov. 3.

The first official sailing of the 64-car Chetzemoka means the return of a permanent ferry on the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry route, something motorists haven’t enjoyed in nearly three years.

The inaugural sailing event will include a christening ceremony at the Coupeville ferry terminal at Keystone Harbor, a voyage to Port Townsend, and a tribal blessing ceremony at the Port Townsend ferry terminal. For more information, contact Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lynda Eccles at 360-678-5434.

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