World record attempt on WSF ferry - Life jacket record set to fall Saturday

SEATTLE – Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day is this Saturday, May 20, and it’s the kickoff of National Safe Boating Week. Washington State Parks Boating Program, the United States Coast Guard and Washington State Ferries have joined forces to set a new record for the greatest number of people wearing life jackets in a single location. With the public’s help and 1,500 life jackets at the ready aboard the brand new state ferry, Chimacum, the current record of 1,046 life jacket wearers, is in serious jeopardy.

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Summer schedule reservations open

Planning on traveling to or from the San Juan Islands for 4th of July or Labor Day. The first 30 percent of spaces on each sailing for the Summer Schedule opened up for reservations Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

On the first day 16,080 reservations for summer travel were made for the San Juans/Anacortes/Sidney B.C. route and the Port Townsend/Coupeville route. As of Wednesday, May 3 there are still some spaces left for early morning or late evening travel to the islands for Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2. There are more spaces available during the day on  Thursday, June 29, and Monday, July 3. 

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