Monday, February 16, 2015

Seaway Splash to Return in 2015

Clayton, New York (February 16, 2015) – Michael J. Folsom, organizer of the popular Clayton  summer festival known as Sailing Seaway Clayton/Seaway Splash, along with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, has announced the return of Seaway Splash, the dog jumping competition segment of the festival, which debuted at Frink Park in 2012. The event will take place June 12-14, 2015.
"It is with great pleasure that I can say we will continue with an event for 2015 after receiving numerous requests to do so and thanks to support of the Clayton Chamber,” Folsom said. “Seaway Splash has been a highlight of the summer in downtown Clayton over the past three years and I am excited to have the opportunity to personally reach the five-year mark of organizing this June event for our community.”
Over the past three years, Seaway Splash has seen dogs from across the state, as well as Vermont, New Hampshire, Ontario and Quebec take part in the competition, which had been run by DockDogs. In 2015, Seaway Splash will become an event operated by Ultimate Air Dogs, which was founded in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox, who was a World Series Champion in 1984.
“The event quality and concept will remain the same, while participation costs will be lower in an effort to encourage more locals and non-competitors to try their dogs at the sport of dock diving. It is sure to be just as fun and entertaining. “
Ultimate Air Dogs is widely known and has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman. The competition will feature categories similar to those held in Clayton in the past.
“We have been extremely pleased with the level of enthusiasm from event sponsors, participants and spectators over the past 3 years. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to bringing this family friendly event back to Clayton again this year,” Clayton Chamber President Chris Bogenschutz added.

Seaway Splash made its biggest ‘splash’ during the inaugural event in 2012 when Taz, a then 5-year old black Labrador, leaped 31-feet during the DockDogs Big Air competition. That jump set a new world record for the sport and landed the event and Clayton in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Since its inception, Sailing Seaway Clayton/Seaway Splash has attracted more than 20,000 visitors.

Event registration information will be announced at a later date.


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)