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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Important Changes to Festival Schedule

Wednesday's Grand Arrival of tall ship Lynx has been delayed into the evening hours due to travel restrictions. A time for their arrival remains unknown as of 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

Deck tours aboard Lynx for Wednesday have been cancelled due to their late arrival.

Also, tall ship St. Lawrence II will join the fleet in Clayton on Thursday evening and be available for viewing from the dock. The ship plans to stop overnight before heading to Brockville.

Monday, June 10, 2013

River Night Lights - June 14

A new festival feature in 2013 is River Night Lights presented by Clayton Island Tours.

Join the crowd in Frink Park on Friday, June 14 at dusk for the lighting of nearly 100 Chinese floating sky lanterns. These flickering paper lanterns will light the night sky as they fly high above the river.

Lanterns will be available for $5 each to support the festival.

Clayton Island Tours has made their boats available for an evening cruise down around Rock Island and back to the Clayton waterfront to capture this amazing visual. A select number of lanterns will also be launched from the boats.

To reserve space aboard a Clayton Island Tours boat, visit

Guide to the Festival

Clayton, New York (June 10, 2013) – The complete guide to the 2013 edition of Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Caskinette’s Lofink Ford, which includes Seaway Splash presented by TIMIS, Inc., has been released for the upcoming festival.  
The Sailing Seaway Clayton festival has quickly grown into a popular event within the 1000 Islands region and has helped to land Clayton, NY on the map among tall ships.
In 2012, more than 11,000 people passed through Frink Park in downtown Clayton to view tall ship Fair Jeanne, listen to live music, visit vendor booths, and an enjoy the entertainment provided by the new Seaway Splash competition.
In 2013, much of the same from the successful 2012 run will remain in place, as well as a few new pieces, such as a “Battle Sail” featuring two of the tall ships.
The Thousand Islands Regional Dock in Clayton will be graced by three tall ships at once for the first-time ever.
On the morning of Tuesday, June 11 between 10 a.m. and Noon., the majestic 203-foot Empire Sandy will arrive to mark the start of festivities leading up to Sailing Seaway Clayton 2013 presented by Caskinette’s Lofink Ford.
At Noon on Wednesday, June 12 the festival will officially begin when boats from the Antique Boat Museum and the Clayton Fireboat, Last Chance, will lead a parade from Rock Island, which will escort tall ships Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II into town. The ships will mark their presence with multiple deck gun blasts as they near the Regional Dock.
Tall Ship Deck Tours Schedule:
Once docked in Clayton, Lynx and Empire Sandy will be open to the public for deck tours. Ships may have boarding fees unrelated to the festival ranging between $5-8/person.
June 12                 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.     
June 13                 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
June 14 – 16        9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  
Empire Sandy
June 12                 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
June 13                 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pride of Baltimore II
Not available for public boarding, but can be viewed from the dock
Excursions aboard Tall Ship Lynx:
Thursday through Sunday, visitors will have the opportunity to sail aboard tall ship Lynx. In 2011, all excursions sold out prior to the ship’s arrival. This year, excursions still have availability, but are very limited. Advance reservations are highly encouraged by visiting
Each excursion is two hours in length.
                                June 13                 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.                      5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Battle Sail)
                                June 14 – 16        12 Noon – 2 p.m.                 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Battle Sail – Lynx vs. Pride of Baltimore II:
For the first-time ever, Sailing Seaway Clayton will feature a “Battle Sail” between two ships off the village shoreline.
Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II will exchange fire and draw a crowd between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. Those interested in being aboard Lynx for the sail should log on to to reserve tickets now – space is limited. Those hoping to watch should visit Frink Park.
 SEAWAY SPLASH presented by TIMIS, Inc. –
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 when Taz, a young black Labrador, raised the bar by leaping 31-feet in the Big Air contest and taking the world record not once, but twice in the same weekend. Taz is expected to return to Clayton and defend his title.
Seaway Splash Schedule:
June 14                 Big Air Competition Waves presented by TIMIS, Inc.                   10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
June 15                 Big Air Competition Waves presented by TIMIS, Inc.                   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
                                Extreme Vertical presented by Bonnie Castle Resort                  6 p.m.
June 16                 Big Air Competition Waves presented by TIMIS, Inc.                   9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
                                Speed Retrieve presented by Caskinette’s Throttle Shop          3:30 p.m.
                                Big Air Finals presented by TIMIS, Inc.                                           5 p.m.
River Night Lights presented by Clayton Island Tours:
River Night Lights is a new feature in 2013. Join us in Frink Park on Friday, June 14 at dusk or board a Clayton Island Tours boat and participate in the launching of floating lanterns over the river.
Approximately 100 Chinese floating lanterns will light the night sky. Lanterns on shore will be available for a $5 donation to support the festival. Clayton Island Tours will also carry a number of lanterns to launch while out on the water.
To reserve space aboard a Clayton Island Tours boat for this event, log onto
Live Music featuring Bad Husbands Club:
Bad Husbands Club returns to the festival for the third year-in-a-row and is always sure to entertain. Bring a lawn chair to Frink Park and enjoy their performance on Saturday, June 15 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 aboard tall ship Lynx on Sunday, June 16 will receive a free admission pass to the Antique Boat Museum to be used any time prior to October 2013.
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.