Clayton, New York (June 20, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty began as just an idea back when the snow was flying in January. On Monday, as tall ship Lynx sails away from the dock for her tenth and final excursion during her stay in Clayton, the first-year event will be deemed a success.
“The response of the local community was amazing,” explained Michael Folsom, event organizer. “Right from the get-go on Tuesday, we had a great showing of interest from folks who made their way to Frink Park.”
In all more than 5,000 people were estimated to have ventured into Frink Park to catch a glimpse of the 122-foot wooden sailing vessel. In addition, more than 1,000 of those folks toured the ship during daily deck tours.
Sailing Seaway Clayton by the numbers…
5,000+ Visited Frink Park between June 14 & June 20
2,000+ Estimated crowd on American MetalCraft Marine ‘Seaway Day’ on Saturday, June 18
1,000+ Toured Lynx during deck tours
750 Estimated crowd on Tuesday, June 14 during the Grand Arrival of Lynx
450 Sailed aboard Lynx during daily excursions
250 Single day record for number of people to take a deck tour in Clayton (June 19)
50 Free passes to the Antique Boat Museum given away to dads on Father’s Day
10 Number of excursions scheduled, all of which were sold out prior to the ship’s arrival
4 Number of months used to plan the first-year event
2 Number of years committed for the event to continue in Clayton (2012 & 2013)
Lynx will remain in Clayton until Wednesday morning, which is when the ship is scheduled to depart for Rochester. The ship will return to Clayton and be the featured tall ship during Sailing Seaway Clayton in the summer of 2013.
Sailing Seaway Clayton is an event that was created in an effort to highlight the world famous St. Lawrence Seaway, which the village of Clayton rests its shores upon, while bringing a sailing masterpiece to the region for display.
Sailing Seaway Clayton recently announced that the event will continue for at least the next two years at Frink Park. The 2012 edition is expected to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. A tall ship for that event has yet to be announced.