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Canoe Races

On May 18, 2024 we look forward to again hosting the Native American Canoe Races on Penn Cove and Native American vendors and entertainers in Coupeville. We look forward to welcoming you all back!

Please Note: The date of the festival is traditionally on a Saturday in May.   

The date may vary, year to year, based upon tidal predictions. 

Map of canoe race

Schedule and Results

At the BOAT LAUNCH on 9th Street:

12:00pm - Festival Welcome 

12:15pm - Race Captains Meeting

Canoe Races take place during the rest of the afternoon.

Races are from 12:30 to 5pm

Race Sequence and Sponsors

Races are from 12:30 to 5pm, depending on winds, tides and arrival of participants


1) Single Woman Race - Ann Dannhauer, MD, Danielle Vracin Magnuson - In Memory of her Mother Ginny Vracin 

2) Single Man Race - Shifty Sailors

3) Mixed Doubles - Martha & Vern Olsen

4) 6 Jr. Buckskins -  Kingfisher Books

5) 6 Buckskins -Barbara & Von Summers/Salty Vons         Waterfront Inn 

6) 6 Woman Race - Crows Roost

7) 6 Man Race - Friends of Ebey's 

8) 11 Jr. Bucks Race -Susan Berta & Howie Garrett, In     Memory of Tokitae/Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut

9) 11 Buckskin Race - Harry Anderson & Terry Bible

10) 11 Woman Race -  Vicky Reyes, In Memory of daughter  Ashley, mother Joyce & friend Lyla

11) 11 Man Race - Ricardo Reyes, In Honor of All Veterans 


Other thanks:

Travel Money for Canoe Clubs: Terra Firma, Martha & Vern Olsen, Michael Ferri & Jim Sherman
Thanks to Penn Cove Shellfish for getting buoys for the races.

Map of canoe race
Canoes on a rack upside down

Past Participants

Chehalis, BC
Chilliwack, BC
Lummi Tribe
Makah Tribe
Nooksak Tribe
Samish Tribe
Skawh Band (BC)
Skowkale Band of Sto:lo First Nation
Skowkale First Nation, Chahalis, BC
Swinomish Tribe
Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, BC.


 If you would like to Sponsor a Race, please contact us at

Previous Races

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