26 Sep 37th World Tuna Flat Races
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate the Hubbards Waterfront Park Association for holding the recent 37t h World Tuna Flat Races.
This event helps to preserve an important part of Nova Scotia’s fishing and boat building history. Tuna Flat boats are a classic wooden boat unique to the south east corner of St. Margarets Bay, and were used in our fishing industry for over 100 years.
They provided a stable platform for commercial fishermen while setting traps and landing the catches in the once bountiful tuna and mackerel fisheries.
Sadly, today the boats are no longer used commercially. but the volunteer rowers in the World Tuna Flat Races show off the surviving boats to enthusiastic audiences. To win the coveted title participants must row these heavy boats for a quarter mile across Hubbards Cove to win the race in each of the Men’s, Women’s and Youth’s categories. Not an easy feat!
Mr. Speaker, I invite the members of the House of Assembly to join me in congratulating the Hubbards Waterfront Park Association for the successful 2019 World Tuna Flat Races which took place on the 27th of July, 2019 in Hubbards Cove!