Friday, July 15, 2011

Help Decide the 2012 Tall Ship Visit to Clayton

Clayton, New York (July 15, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton announced today that public input is being sought in the selection of next summer’s tall ship visit to Clayton.

This past June, Sailing Seaway Clayton kicked off what is expected to be a long tradition of annual events at the Thousand Islands Regional Dock at Frink Park. Tall ship Lynx, the 2011 featured ship, drew an astonishing crowd of more than 5,000 people over the course of a week for the first-year event.

Now, with the ground work set and Lynx scheduled to return during the 2013 event, organizer Michael Folsom is seeking input from the public for securing a ship in 2012.

“There are a number of tall ships and replica War of 1812 era sailing vessels throughout the region; all of which would be a perfect fit for our event here in Clayton,” explained Folsom. “I believe it is important to listen to the community and provide them with things they wish to see and having a say in the ship visit for next summer is a big part of that.”

There are currently three (3) ships being considered for next year’s event:

St. Lawrence II – a 72-foot ship, featuring 2,500 square feet of sails and is the sister ship of Pathfinder and Playfair (both based in Toronto)

Fair Jeanne – a 110-foot ship, 80-foot tall mast and 4,500 square feet of sails

La Revenante – a 64-foot “pinky” schooner, featuring 850 square feet of sails

All three ships are Canadian vessels. There is no guarantee that the ship with the most votes will be brought to Clayton. Schedule conflicts and/or other factors could play a role in a certain ship not taking part.

The public is encouraged to cast a vote on the left side of the page for the ship you wish to see in Clayton. Emails will also be accepted at theshipwatcher@yahoo.com. Voting concludes July 22.

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. The 2012 edition is expected to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. A tall ship for the event is expected to be made prior to the conclusion of this summer.

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