The 2023 Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament was rescheduled for Saturday, March 25 due to a storm system that brought gale force winds, snow and choppy seas to Homer on Saturday.
Inclement weather beginning on Friday prompted the tournament committee to meet that afternoon to evaluate conditions and discuss the necessity of postponing the event to either Sunday, March 19 or the following weekend. The chamber posted Friday evening that they would make their final decision Saturday morning after NOAA updated the marine forecast.
On Saturday, the chamber announced the tournament would be delayed until the following weekend, citing continuing inclement weather.
“Recognizing the weather forecast shows gale force winds building tonight, we felt it was not safe for all anglers to be on the water this afternoon,” the chamber wrote on Facebook on Saturday morning. “The safety of our boaters is paramount in addition to a fair tournament for all. We appreciate your patience and understanding and thank you for your continued support of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.”
If anglers currently registered for the tournament wish to have their registration refunded, they must email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 a.m. on the day of the tournament and include their team name and angler names in the email, according to the chamber’s Facebook post. Refunds will be credited back to the card the registration was made under, the chamber posted.
The forecast for this weekend shows mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-30s and winds around or less than 10 miles per hour. There are currently no weather advisories posted.
Continuing updates and information on the tournament can be found on the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page or the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament Facebook page.