Monday, June 9, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Liana's Ransom to Make Brief Stop in Clayton

Tall ship Liana's Ransom, an 85-foot "pirate ship" is expected to dock in Clayton on Monday evening and remain for a few days as they prepare for their busy summer schedule, which officially kicks off this coming weekend in Cape Vincent.

Liana's Ransom's masts stand 75-feet tall from the waterline. The ship calls Halifax its homeport and has spent time in the Virgin Islands.

While in Clayton, the crew will tend to the ship to ensure its readiness for a long summer in the lakes before it returns to the river in August. The ship will not be available for deck tours or sailing while in Clayton. If you miss it at Frink Park during the week, be sure to visit it in Cape Vincent over the weekend.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Guide to Seaway Splash 2014

Clayton, New York (June 5, 2014) – The complete guide to the 2014 edition of Sailing Seaway Clayton has been released for the upcoming festival.

First and foremost, Sailing Seaway Clayton is missing an element it has been known for, a tall ship. One was not secured for various reasons this season, though a possibility remains that one may stop into port over the weekend. Therefore, the weekend in 2014 will be referenced as Seaway Splash only.

The festival has grown into a popular event within the 1000 Islands region and has helped to land Clayton, NY on the map, with both tall ships and by landing in the Guinness Book of World Records for the 2012 dog jump of 31 feet.

In 2013, more than 12,000 people passed through Frink Park in downtown Clayton to view as many as 4 tall ships, listen to live music, visit vendor booths, and an enjoy the entertainment provided by the Seaway Splash competition.

In 2014, much of the same will remain in place.

SEAWAY SPLASH presented by Paw Street Bakery & Holiday Inn Express of Watertown –

Last year, the DockDogs competition, best known as Seaway Splash in Clayton, captured the attention of everyone.

Dogs from across the Northeast came to the region to compete in this nationally recognized circuit that has been seen on networks such as ABC and ESPN.

Clayton even made its way into the DockDogs record books, and now officially into the Guinness Book of World Records, when Taz, a young black Labrador, raised the bar by leaping 31-feet in the Big Air contest in 2012. Taz is tentatively scheduled to return to Clayton and defend his title.

Seaway Splash Schedule:

June 13

Big Air Competition Waves presented by Reinman's:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

June 14

Big Air Competition Waves presented by RiverDogs:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Extreme Vertical presented by Clayton Chamber:  6 p.m.

June 15

Big Air Competition Waves presented by Freighters:  9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Speed Retrieve presented by Antique Boat Museum:  3:30 p.m.

Big Air Finals presented by Paw Street Bakery:  5 p.m.

Live Music featuring Bad Husbands Club:

Bad Husbands Club returns to the festival for the fourth year-in-a-row and is always sure to entertain. Bring a lawn chair to Frink Park and enjoy their performance on Saturday, June 14 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Vendors in the Park:

Vendors will return to Frink Park throughout the weekend offering a number of items.

Free Admission to the Antique Boat Museum:

The first 50 visitors to the park on Sunday, June 15 will receive a free admission pass to the Antique Boat Museum to be used any time prior to October 2014.


Parking is available throughout downtown Clayton, as well as Lions Field on Webb Street.

Shuttle service will run over the course of the weekend and include stops at the Food & Wine Festival at Cerow Arena, Lions Field Public Parking, Frink Park, and the Antique Boat Museum.

No overnight parking is permitted in the village of Clayton.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday Crowd Marks New All-Time High, Sunday Forecast Looks Gray

Huge day on Saturday at Frink Park in Clayton. The single day attendance record fell as more than an estimated crowd of 6,800 passed through the park throughout the day. The weather was a perfect setting for big dog jumps and tall ship sailing, plus it was capped off with a performance by Bad Husbands Club.

In addition to the single day record being broken, the overall estimated event attendance has surpassed the old mark of 11,250. Roughly 11,600 have now been through Frink Park since Wednesday and still one day remains (Sunday).

Sunday's weather forecast looks to be gray with some possible showers in the region. However, events will continue as planned unless lightning is in the region.

Tall ship Lynx will sail at Noon and 3 p.m. The ship will offer excursions for today for only $55. Reserve space at the dock.

Visitors to the ship between 9-11 a.m. will receive free admission passes to the Antique Boat Museum.

Seaway Splash competition will begin at 10 a.m. with Big Air and then at 3:30 p.m. the Speed Retrieve competition takes place. The Big Air Finals take place today at 5 p.m.

Friday, June 14, 2013

4 Ships Came, 1 Remains & Dogs Jump Into Action

Taz, the world-record holding dog (shown above), returned to Clayton on Friday for competition in the Seaway Splash festivities presented by TIMIS, Inc. while 3 of the 4 tall ships that were in port had to depart to head for Brockville, Ontario.

Friday marked a great start to the weekend as roughly 3,000 people passed through Frink Park throughout the day. The evening was capped off with more than 250 people in the park and more than 50 people aboard Clayton Island Tours for the first-ever River Night Lights, a launching of Chinese lanterns.


The festival hits full stride on Saturday with huge crowds expected, more vendors, and of course some high-flying dogs.

Saturday's Schedule:

Seaway Splash - practice jumps for dogs begin at 9 a.m., competition begins at 10 a.m. and goes off every two hours (noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. etc). The afternoon is capped off with the Bonnie Castle Resort Extreme Vertical competition.

Sailing Seaway Clayton - tall ship deck tours aboard Lynx (the lone ship in port) take place from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sailing excursions depart at Noon and 3 p.m. - space is limited, but remains.

The Clayton fireboat, Last Chance, will also make an appearance at the dock.

(Video provided by Margaret Hummel)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Day 1 Recap

Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Caskinette's Lofink Ford is off and running at Frink Park in downtown Clayton!

Pride of Baltimore II arrived on Tuesday afternoon in the rain, Empire Sandy sailed in under moonlight at 1 a.m. Wednesday and as the sun came up villagers were greeted with two outstanding tall ships.

Hundreds of people walked through the park today and even climbed aboard the ships.

Lynx was expected to be in Clayton for this morning as well, but weather restrictions on Tuesday delayed their arrival by nearly 24 hours and the ship is now expected to arrive just before sunrise on Thursday.

Sailing excursion tickets remain available aboard Lynx, though are limited. To view the schedule or to book space aboard, visit before its too late!

Thursday will bring deck tours on all three ships for the public. Fees do apply to board, but support the operations of the ship and their crew. In addition, Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II will battle it out with a "Battle Sail" between 5 -7 p.m. just off Frink Park. Come watch!

Also on Thursday, tall ship St. Lawrence II will join the fleet for a brief overnight stay, arriving in the evening and departing Friday morning. Plus, the Seaway Splash pool will be resurrected in Frink Park during the morning hours. Jumping begins Friday at 10 a.m.

Here is the tall ships in port schedule:

Pride of Baltimore II -- arrived Tuesday, departs Friday morning for Brockville
Lynx -- arrives Thursday morning, remains in Clayton through the weekend
Empire Sandy -- arrived Wednesday, departs late Thursday night for Brockville
St. Lawrence II -- arrives Thursday evening, departs Friday morning for Brockville