Having just competed in the 17th annual two-day Homer Yacht Club Land’s End Regatta on June 29-30, local captains and crews were back on the starting line Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July.
It wasn’t exactly a firecracker start, however, due to a lack of sail-filling wind.
“At the start, the winds dropped to near zero and most of the fleet wandered across the start line thanks to a few puffs and meandering currents,” said Eric Pullman, the club’s vice commodore and captain of Nereus, one of the entrants in Saturday’s race.
Sunshine hadn't been predicted for Saturday, but it, along with more than 300 participants, were on hand for the 10K to the Bay Spit Run.
For the second year in a row, Jake Moe of Anchorage was the first to complete the course that began at the Homer High School parking lot and ended at the end of the Homer Spit. In 2012, Moe finished in a time of 33:23, but on Saturday he dashed across the finish in 32:40.
Hospice of Homer is bringing its annual fundraising golf tournament to Homer on June 15. While the event worked well over the last three years at Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point, the opportunity to hold it at Shoreline Golf at 6.5-mile East End Road was irresistible.
Now that Beth and Dave Schroer, along with their son and daughter in-law Frank and Ellen Schroer, have reopened the 9-hole, 10-acre course, hospice officials hope the closer proximity will increase local enthusiasm for the already popular event.
Energy was high on Saturday as the sun greeted the annual Memorial Weekend “Sourdough” race sponsored by the Homer Yacht Club.
This was the club’s second race of the year.
Four boats participated with Arctica coming in first, followed by Dolphin, Morning Star and Thetis.
“The day was perfect racing conditions,” said Erik Pullman, vice president of the club.
Although the weather was stunning on Saturday, the turnout for the Hershey’s Track and Field Games was low. Still, the 18 participants gave it their all and raced as if there was an enormous crowd cheering them on.
Next year, Mike Illg, coordinator of the city of Homer’s Community Recreation Program and sponsor of the games, plans to get more kids involved.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get kids active, having fun and to learn more about the sport of track and field,” said Illg.
GIRLS Long jump (9-10)
1. Rachel Bolin 5’4”
2. Aspen Etzwiler 4’6”
BOYS Long Jump (9-10)
1. Sawyer Lowe 5’5 ½”
2. Tim Hatfield 5’
3. Owen Pitzman 4’7 1/2”
BOYS Softball Throw (9-10)
Shoreline Golf set to open Friday
Shoreline Golf at Mile 6.5 East End Road opens at 10 a.m. Friday for the season. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The golf course was built in 1986 by current owners Dave and Beth Schroer.
After selling it in 1994, the Schroers repurchased the golf course and opened it in 2012.
For more information, call 235-8544.
Fireweed Meadows also plans to open this weekend
Ten swimmers from Homer traveled to Anchorage last week for the Alaska Junior Olympic Championships. In the 11- to 12-year-old boy’s division, Clayton Arndt swam to an overall third place finish with 127 points. In that same division, Griffin Downey, also of the Kachemak Seim Club, placed 13th with 61 points.
Following are the results of the Homer swimmers who attended the meet:
Alaska Junior Olympics Championship
April 25-28 at Bartlett High School
The Divas women’s hockey team headed to Anchorage last weekend to play in the USA Hockey Alaska State Tournament. This is their seventh year playing in the tournament, but their first year to come home with the championship banner in the novice division.
Six teams from around the state competed in the novice division and Homer had a tough schedule facing teams they had never played before from Nome, Anchorage and the Valley.
The Soccer Association of Homer invites parents to register their children ages 3-16 for summer soccer programs, which begin May 28 and run through Aug. 9.
The program includes Little Feet for ages 3-6, recreational soccer for ages 6-12 and competitive teams. The competitive teams include U16 Girls, U17 Boys, U14 Boys and U12 Coed.
For more information and to sign up go to homersoccer.com.
For other information or for answers to your questions:
• Call Lisa at 399-9133;
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five members of the Kachemak Skeeters placed during the latest Trap Invitational Shoot in Wasilla on March 30. The scores are out of 100 targets.
In the Senior Varsity Division, Andy Fetterhoff placed second with a score of 90 and Connor Seay placed third with a score of 87.
In the Junior Varsity Division, Elias Graham placed first with a score of 90 and Alex Clark placed third with a score of 76.
In the Intermedicate Division, Bryce Donich placed third with a score of 67.
Eighty skaters and scores of fans enjoyed the annual Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, played last weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The name Ash Cup comes from the tournament’s first year, when Mount Augustine erupted.
Six teams participated this year: three local teams, plus teams from Wasilla, Kenai and Anchorage.
Through April: Friday Night Fives, a noncompetitive 5k, begins at Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave., 5:30 p.m., free.
May 18: Special Olympics Torch Run, a 5k event that begins at the base of the Homer Spit; free or minimum $25 donation to get a T-shirt; 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start time; barbecue following the race.
By McKibben Jackinsky
Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.
A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.
Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.
The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.
Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave.
All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.
The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.
The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.
Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.
Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:
A group of Popeye wrestlers traveled north to Palmer last Friday to take part in the Matsu-Matmen Tournament.
Popeye Wrestling’s William Roth won both of his matches in the Greco Roman Style event, earning a first place finish in the Junior 125-pound bracket. Roth hasn’t wrestled competitively in a few years but Coach Chris Perk called him “fearless” as he threw his opponents to the mat last weekend.
Homer’s Diva hockey took three teams to the 13th Annual Fools on Ice Tournament in Anchorage last weekend and took first in the intermediate division, second in the advanced beginner division, and third in the novice division. The teams were coached by Buck Laukitis, Dean Kildaw, Steve Nevak and Chris Owens.
Goalies Julie Hinkle and Lydia Brown had shut-out games and goalie Michelle Hatton had an all-tournament shut-out record.
In a celebration of spring, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Sea to Ski Triathalon rang in the warm weather with a wet run, a muddy bike ride and a slushy ski on Sunday.
“The weather was great for this race. The trail slowed down at the end because of the new snow, but overall it was great,” said race coordinator Mike Byerly.