Celtic Club expands Highland Games
The Kachemak Bay Celtic Club’s Scottish Highland Games start with bagpipe music at WKFL park on Pioneer Avenue at 5 p.m. Friday, with more music and fun at the Down East Saloon at 7 p.m. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park.
The games include the halibut toss, light hammer and heavy hammer throws, light and heavy weight throw for distance, weight for height, open stone, braemar stone, caber toss, kilted mile foot race, tug of war and more.
Kids events include cardboard caber toss, stone tosses, salmon toss for distance, Xtratuf boot kick and more. (“Fish” throws use stuffed replicas, not real fish.)
A children’s craft tent will be available, as well as merchandise, food and crafts for sale in booths.
Everyone is welcome, whether competing or just observing. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children over 5, (under 5 are free) and a family rate of $25.
The fun continues at Homer Elks Club at 6 p.m. with a traditional ceilidh (Kay-lee) party with meals available for $13 per person. Celtic Cats and pipes and drums bands will provide entertainment.
Volunteers are needed for several services, including parking at the park. A minimum of two hours of volunteering earns a free pass to the games. More information is available at www.kachemakbaycelticclub.com. To volunteer, call Renee Krause at 953-6546 or Robert Archibald at 299-0852.
Section of Kenai closed to fishing from shore
July 1-August 15
Shore-based sport fishing along a 475-foot section of the Kenai River shoreline, immediately upstream of the Soldotna Creek/Kenai River confluence, will be closed until Aug. 15 to protect riparian fish habitat.
The area being closed is on the north bank of the Kenai River between approximately river miles 22.1 to 22.2 and is posted with ADF&G regulatory markers. This closure is in addition to the 17.5 miles of Kenai River shoreline closed by regulation each year along the Kenai River from July 1 through Aug. 15.
In these areas, fishing is only allowed from a boat located more than 10 feet from shore and not connected to the shore or any riparian habitat. “Riparian habitat” means all areas within 10 feet in either direction of the Kenai River waterline.
The riverbanks closed to sport fishing are identified by red/orange and white colored department signs marking the closed riverbank areas.
Regatta sails challenging weather
Whenever you have two days of sketchy sailing, you are a winner no matter when you cross the finish line. And Ron Downing earned the cup with his 28-foot Bristol Channel Cutter, Morningstar.
Thirteen boats tackled the fog and shifty wind Saturday and nine went out for a second round Sunday with seven finishing.
Final race results after correcting for handicaps were Morning Star, Martha J, Arctica, Wind Dancer, Crusader, Duit and Dolphin.
Despite fog lying over the Bay and inlet, Saturday’s leg of the two-day Land’s End Sailing Regatta had a good turnout of 13 boats for fairly brisk northwest winds that managed to change directions frequently.
The fog was so dense two boats, the Winter Hawk and Fjord Finder collided and didn’t race Sunday. Finding the markers was tricky and some turned too soon before rounding the mark.
The Sunday leg of the race almost didn’t happen for lack of wind at the 1:30 p.m. start time. The nine boats remaining in the race wandered around, carried by the tide for about an hour and a half.
Finally, enough wind came up for the race to start and then it blew up to about 30 knots, mostly westerly but again shifty. This race was staged in two circuits around a buoy marker placed about a mile east of the end of the Spit so the boats had both upwind and down wind challenges in a fairly stiff wind. The next race is July 4.
Kachemak Bay State Park trails
Snow levels are at 1,200-1,500 ft., depending upon the aspect of the slope, and snowshoes are recommended for higher elevations. Trails are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to add one-third to your average hiking time.
Practice “Leave no Trace” etiquette and pack out what you pack in. Report any problems or complaints to the park ranger at 235-7024 or 262-5581.
The bug population is high this year, and they are extremely hungry. Come prepared.
The bridge in Moose Valley is out, and bridge construction on the Lower Humpy Creek is scheduled for July 25-Aug. 1.
The following trails are CLEARED of deadfall: Estuary, Poot Peak South, Saddle, Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram, Blue Ice, Grace Ridge, Tutka Lake, Woznesenski, Sadie Knob.
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