Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Event Organizer Named Recipient of 'Spirit of Excellence' Award

Clayton, New York (July 5, 2011) – Michael Folsom, organizer and creator of Clayton’s newest summer event, Sailing Seaway Clayton, has been named a recipient of the ‘Spirit of Excellence’ Award, which is presented by the Lynx Educational Foundation.

The ‘Spirit of Excellence’ Award is an honor presented by the Lynx Educational Foundation, operator of the tall ship Lynx, based in Newport Beach, California. This award is presented for exceptional personal achievements and examples of character based on the mission of Lynx with the intent of highlighting the work and commitment made by individuals in the success of the ship.

Past recipients of the award include Taylor Allen, ship builder; Melbourne Smith, designer of Lynx; and Eric Sewell, Lynx Project Manager.

“It is truly an honor to have been named a recipient of the ‘Spirit of Excellence’ Award,” said Folsom. “I have enjoyed the partnership with the staff and crew of tall ship Lynx and look forward to continuing that partnership in 2013 when the ship returns to Clayton. Lynx is an amazing vessel and I am proud to have had the opportunity to bring it to our small village.”

In June, tall ship Lynx made its way to Clayton, New York – the smallest port stop of 2011 for the ship - for the first-time ever and was the featured vessel during the first-year event, Sailing Seaway Clayton. Prior to the ship’s arrival, all ten public sailing excursions were sold out - an accomplishment that no other port on the ship’s 2011 summer calendar had reached to date. In all, more than 400 people would sail aboard Lynx during its time in the Thousand Islands. In addition to sold out excursions, the event drew more than 1,000 visitors on board the ship for deck tours and over 5,000 people to Frink Park over the course of seven days to view the ship in port.

The village of Clayton kicked-off the event on Tuesday, June 14 with nearly 750 people in the park on a windy, overcast afternoon that saw temperatures in the low 50s as the ship made its way up the St. Lawrence River. On Sunday, June 19, a total of more than 250 people took deck tours in just three hours, setting the single-day event record.

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. Tall ship Lynx will return for the event in 2013 to be the featured vessel once again.

For more information on Sailing Seaway Clayton, visit www.sailingseawayclayton.com or for more information on tall ship Lynx, visit www.privateerlynx.org.

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