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Coral celebrates Hamlet Day
Event a success even with bad weather hurting fishing derby

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The community of Coral Harbour overcame a difficult month to hold a successful Hamlet Day celebration on Aug. 18. The event was originally scheduled for two days, Aug. 6 and 7, but was postponed due to a tragedy affecting a local family. Mother Nature wasn't much of a help either, as she played havoc with what was supposed to be a three-day cod derby during the celebration. Coral recreation director John Eetuk said he received positive feedback on the event, despite the setbacks. He said the annual cardboard boat race had a new twist this year, making the popular event even more exciting.

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Rachel Nakoolak and Jacob Nakoolak, right, took second place in the Coral Harbour Hamlet Day cardboard boat race on Aug. 18 - photo courtesy of Noel Kaludjak

"The participants travel the length of Uuajualik Lake, which is about 400 yards (about 366 metres) long and almost right in the middle of our town, going across two sections of the community," said Eetuk.

"In previous years it was one person in a boat, but we changed it this year to have two people in each boat.

"Three of the four cardboard boats did really well and none of them sank, but the fourth boat was built a little too small and they just couldn't get anywhere with it.

"The racers found it really different to have two people in a boat, but they liked it because they saw it as a kind of a freaky challenge."

Eetuk said the community was disappointed over the weather not co-operating for the fishing derby.

He said a few people did get out for a little while and that was enough to, at least, award most of the prizes.

"A lot of people were really anxious to take part in the cod fishing derby, and it was a little disappointing so many couldn't get out.

"In the brief time of dependable weather we did have, three fish were caught, so, at least, we awarded three of our five prizes. Even with the postponement and then having to hold it on a Monday, we had a good turnout for Hamlet Day.

"We had a very nice crowd in the morning for our balloon toss, which had $300 stuffed inside the balloons."

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