Tuesday, May 24, 2011

School Tours Aboard Lynx Booked Full

Clayton, New York (May 24, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty, along with the Lynx Educational Foundation, announced today that school tours aboard Lynx are completely booked during the ship’s upcoming visit to Clayton.

Various local schools are scheduled to visit tall ship Lynx for educational tours of the ship and lessons on the War of 1812, however due to the ship’s brief stay in Clayton and the extensive schedule of the crew, Lynx will no longer be able to accommodate any additional school visits.

Only those formally booked prior to May 24 through the Lynx Educational Foundation offices in Newport Beach, California will be able to participate.

“We are more than pleased to have so many school children coming to the dock in Clayton to see the ship during the school day,” said Michael Folsom, organizer of Sailing Seaway Clayton. “We would love to provide every local school child with this opportunity, but unfortunately only so much can be done in a days time.”

School groups are still invited to visit Frink Park in Clayton on Tuesday, June 14 at Noon to watch as Lynx sails into town with her sails high and cannons blasting.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Photo Contest Announced for a Chance to Win Boat Fenders & Copy of Know Your Ships, Brought to you by The Ship Watcher

Clayton, New York (May 22, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty, in conjunction with TheShipWatcher.com, announced today a photo contest for a chance to win a set of four (4) Taylor Made boat fenders and a copy of the 2011 edition of Know Your Ships, the ultimate ship watchers guide.

Amateur photographers are encouraged to get out on the water, walk along the Thousand Islands Regional Dock or pull up a chair along the shoreline and be sure to bring along their camera to capture a “contest winning” photograph. This photo contest is specific to one (1) main component – tall ship Lynx, during its time in Clayton June 14-20. Photographs must contain tall ship Lynx in order to be eligible to win and photos may not be altered in any way.

Here's how to enter for your chance to win -

Email your photo entry, along with your name, address and phone number to theshipwatcher@yahoo.com. Subject line must read – LYNX PHOTO CONTEST

Three (3) entries will be selected as finalists, chosen by The Ship Watcher. On June 25, readers of The Ship Watcher (http://www.theshipwatcher.com) will have the opportunity to log on and vote for the winning photograph. Entries only need to be submitted once. Entry information will not be shared by The Ship Watcher with any other outlet. Winners will be notified by either phone or email and will also be posted on TheShipWatcher.com.

Contest begins on Tuesday, June 14 and concludes on Tuesday, June 21. Winner will be announced on July 10.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sailing Excursions Have Been Added Due To Demand

Clayton, New York (May 19, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty, along with Lynx Educational Foundation, announced today that two (2) sailing excursions have been added to the schedule due to an overwhelming demand.

Excursions have been added on Thursday, June 16 and Monday, June 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“In order to ensure everyone that wishes to sail aboard Lynx is provided with the opportunity, we felt it was necessary to add excursions to meet those needs,” explained event organizer Michael Folsom. “Being two and a half weeks from the start of the event and on the verge of sold out is what led to this decision and we hope those interested folks are now able to take advantage.”

Each added excursion provides up to 40 spots for the public to sail.

Sailing Seaway Clayton Excursion Schedule –

June 15 ... 2 p.m. - SOLD OUT
5:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
June 16 ... 4:30 p.m.
June 17 ... 2 p.m. – Limited space remains
5:30 p.m. – Limited space remains
June 18 ... 2 p.m. - SOLD OUT
5:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
June 19 ... 2 p.m. – SOLD OUT
5:30 p.m. – Limited space remains
June 20 ... 4:30 p.m.

All excursions are 2-hours in length and sail throughout the Thousand Islands. Ship departs from the Thousand Islands Regional Dock at Frink Park in Clayton.

Two-hour sailing excursions are only $55.00 per person (seniors and military are $45.00 and children 12 and under are $30.00). Excursions should be booked in advance by calling 1-866-446-5969 or by visiting www.sailingseawayclayton.com.

Due to the additional excursion times, deck tour times will now differ as well.

Sailing Seaway Clayton Deck Tours –
June 15 ... 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 16 ... 12 Noon – 4 p.m.
June 17 ... 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 18 ... 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 19 ... 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 20 ... 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Deck tours are only $5 each. Children 12 and under are free. Deck tour times are subject to change.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Excursions Continue to Sell Out - UPDATED

Clayton, New York (May 15, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that two more excursion time slots have officially sold out, bringing the total to four sold out excursions.

Sold out excursions now include Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; as well as Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m.

Event organizer Michael Folsom said, “I am more than pleased with the feedback and response thus far and I hope this leads to the event becoming an annual thing for the region.”

Limited space remains during excursions on –
June 15 (2 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 15 (5:30 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 17 (2 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 17 (5:30 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 18 (2 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 18 (5:30 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 19 (2 p.m.) SOLD OUT
June 19 (5:30 p.m.) 1 spots
Space availability as of Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 a.m.

Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty officially kicks-off on Tuesday, June 14 at 12 Noon with the Grand Arrival of Lynx hosted by The Ship Watcher. Two-hour sailing excursions are only $55.00 per person (seniors and military are $45.00 and children 12 and under are $30.00). Excursions should be booked in advance by calling 1-866-446-5969 or by visiting http://www.sailingseawayclayton.com/.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Clayton Fire Boat to Welcome Tall Ship Lynx





Clayton, New York (May 16, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that Clayton Fire Department’s fire rescue boat, Last Chance, which was built by event sponsor MetalCraft Marine, will take part in the Grand Arrival of tall ship Lynx on Tuesday, June 14.

Last Chance will grace the St. Lawrence River just outside of the shipping channel in front of Frink Park at Noon on June 14 as tall ship Lynx sails into Clayton. The fire boat will welcome the tall ship by spraying its powerful hoses and flashing its emergency lights, giving the crew of Lynx a ‘royal’ Clayton welcome.

“It is great to have the folks of the Clayton Fire Department interested and wanting to be involved in this growing event,” said Michael Folsom, event organizer. “What a fun and unique way to welcome tall ship Lynx to Clayton and prove to them that this community is excited for their visit.”

Last Chance is the region’s most versatile and dependable fire rescue vessel. The boat is known to assist fire departments throughout the Thousand Islands, on both sides of the river, when needed. Most recently, Last Chance responded to a brush fire on Carleton Island. Built by MetalCraft Marine of Kingston, Ontario, Last Chance has the ability to travel more than 40 mph and extinguish flames with more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

In addition to participating in the Grand Arrival, Last Chance is also expected to be on display to the public at the Thousand Islands Regional Dock on Friday, June 17 as part of Cerow Agency ‘Boater Safety Day.’


Photos provided by Chris Bogenschutz and David Pritt

Friday, May 13, 2011

Farmer's Market Added To Event, Vendors Wanted



Clayton, New York (May 13, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty, along with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, announced today that a Farmer’s Market at Frink Park will be held June 16-19 and coincide with the Sailing Seaway Clayton event.

Vendors are currently being sought for a Farmer’s Market at Frink Park beginning Thursday, June 16 and running through Sunday, June 19 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.

Space is available for vendors offering homemade products, artwork, produce and baked goods. Vendors have the opportunity to purchase display space in the park for either one, two or three days or the option to be on-site during all four days of the event.

“It’s a pleasure to add this element to the already busy schedule of Sailing Seaway Clayton,” said Chamber Executive Director Tricia Bannister. “Clayton hosts Farmer’s Markets throughout the summer months, but this extended market will help to draw visitors to the village during the event.”

Those interested in space should contact the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 686-3771.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pirate Bill Johnston to Appear

Clayton, New York (May 11, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that Thousand Islands legendary pirate, Bill Johnston, will appear in Frink Park during the event.

Legend has it that Bill Johnston was a renegade privateer during the War of 1812, the same era in which visiting tall ship Lynx originally sailed. Johnston was accused of attacking supply boats, robbing mail couriers, burning ships, smuggling rum and overseeing the attack and sinking of the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel. He hid among the 1000 Islands while being hunted by authorities for his actions before settling in Clayton in the early-1800s.

Johnston is better known these days for invading Clayton’s neighboring village, Alexandria Bay, each August during the annual Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. He also had a presence this past winter during 1000 Islands Privateer hockey (Federal Hockey League) games at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center.

Johnston is expected to return to Clayton and make an appearance at Frink Park on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and be available for photographs alongside tall ship Lynx.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Discover Clean & Safe Boats During Cerow Agency 'Boater Safety Day' June 17

Clayton, New York (May 9, 2011) – Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today the display of New York Sea Grant’s Discover Clean & Safe Boats during Cerow Agency ‘Boater Safety Day’ on Friday, June 17.

For the first time the Discover Clean & Safe Boating educational campaign features two “made in New York” vessels: the 16-foot fishing boat E/V Oneida and the 12-foot 9-inch canoe E/V Ontario II. New York Sea Grant has equipped the two educational exhibit vessels in partnership with the Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY and Marathon Boat Group.

Yamaha/Clayton Marina has provided a 50 hp Yamaha engine for the fishing boat: Morgan Recreational Supply and Taylor Made Products have provided the gear required and recommended for clean and safe boating on waters in New York State in both styles of boat.

“Due to the popularity of this campaign, the 2011 exhibit includes both a recreational fishing boat and a canoe to provide both motorized and non-motorized boaters the opportunity to learn about clean and safe boating,” says campaign developer New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White.

Helping those who enjoy the water learn how to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species is an added focus of the 2011 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign. National Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers information is available at the exhibit along with a prize wheel and the opportunity to sign a Clean and Safe Boating Pledge.

“This year we are inviting canoers and kayakers to join the diverse mix of groups and individuals who enjoy motorized boating to learn how they can help reduce aquatic invasive species by following easy-to-implement clean boating practices,” White says.

Sailing Seaway Clayton is a nearly week-long showcase of vessels that includes the visiting War of 1812 replica tall ship Lynx and the locally-owned, former US Army tugboat Bowditch and landing vessels Maple Grove and Thors Hammer.

Sailing Seaway Clayton organizer Michael Folsom says, “We are thrilled to include New York Sea Grant with its clean and safe boating educational exhibit during Sailing Seaway Clayton’s Cerow Agency ‘Boater Safety Day’ on Friday, June 17. Those who love the St. Lawrence Seaway should be made aware and acknowledge the work that Sea Grant is doing to keep our precious water and shoreline resources environmentally and economically sound.”

The 2011 Discover Clean & Safe Boats will be at the Sailing Seaway Clayton event only on Friday, June 17 from 11am to 4pm. The event runs from June 14 through June 20. For more information on the 2011 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign, contact Dave White, New York Sea Grant (NYSG), Oswego, NY, 315-312-2042, www.nysgextension.org/. More information on Sailing Seaway Clayton is online at http://www.sailingseawayclayton.com/.

Learn more about NYSG’s activities and initiatives in New York’s Great Lakes and marine waters online at http://www.nyseagrant.org/, http://facebook.com/nyseagrant, and http://twitter.com/nyseagrant.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Charlie Solar Named Honorary Dockmaster

Clayton, New York (May 7, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that Charles Solar of Clayton will be honored on Thursday, June 16 for his commitment to the Clayton community.

Solar, who is a former Citizen of the Year winner, has been a key member of the Clayton community for a number of years. Most recently, Solar reached a milestone of commitment to the community – 70 years of service to the Clayton Fire Department. He currently acts as a fire department councilman and is a member of the fire police unit.

“In 1971, Charlie Solar was named the first-ever Clayton Citizen of the Year award winner and forty years later he is still #1,” said Norma Zimmer, Mayor of Clayton. “He truly is an inspiration to our community and respected by all of those who have had the pleasure to know and work with him.”

“It’s a pleasure and honor as the organizer of this event to be able to recognize someone, such as Charlie, for their hard work and dedication to helping make Clayton what it is today,” said Michael Folsom. “The pride and commitment Mr. Solar portrays should be celebrated.”

Solar will be honored during a ceremony on Thursday, June 16 in Frink Park where he will help to raise the Sailing Seaway Clayton flag to formally kick-off the weekend of festivities. At that time he will also be named the honorary dockmaster of the Thousand Islands Regional Dock for the event.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cerow Agency Named Sponsor of Boater Safety Day

Clayton, New York (May 6, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that Cerow Agency, Inc. has been named title sponsor of Boater Safety Day on Friday, June 17.

Cerow Agency ‘Boater Safety Day’ will not only feature tall ship Lynx, but also various displays, including the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, who will be on hand providing safe boating information and vessel checks at the Thousand Islands Regional Dock. Cerow Agency representatives will also be on hand in Frink Park to answer your marine insurance questions.

“Cerow Agency is pleased to be affiliated with Clayton’s newest summertime event and proud to be named sponsor of Boater Safety Day on June 17,” explained Audie Cerow, President of Cerow Agency, Inc. “We welcome the opportunity to encourage boater safety along the St. Lawrence River.”

Cerow Agency, with locations in Clayton and Alexandria Bay, has been a North Country leader in insurance sales and service since 1876 and offers a full line of coverage, including marine insurance. Established by Colonel Robert P. Grant (a second cousin of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the U.S.), Cerow Agency is Clayton's oldest continuous insurance business, with three successive generations of the Grant family, and since 1962, two generations of the Cerow family.

Cerow Agency 'Boater Safety Day' is hosted by Watertown's WWNY-7News/WNYF-Fox28.

Excursions Continue to Sell Out

Clayton, New York (May 6, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that a second sailing excursion time slot aboard tall ship Lynx has officially sold out.

The sailing excursion scheduled for Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. is now sold out. This time slot joins the already announced sell out on June 18 at 2 p.m.

Limited space remains on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 15 (2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.)
Friday, June 17 (2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday, June 18 (5:30 p.m.) – American MetalCraft Marine ‘Seaway Day’
Sunday, June 19 (5:30 p.m.) – Rt. 37 Building Supply/Wellesley Island Building Supply ‘Father’s Day’

Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty officially kicks-off on Tuesday, June 14 at 12 Noon with the Grand Arrival of Lynx hosted by The Ship Watcher. Two-hour sailing excursions are only $55.00 per person (seniors and military are $45.00 and children 12 and under are $30.00). Excursions should be booked in advance by calling 1-866-446-5969.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Military Care Package Items to be Collected

Clayton, New York (May 2, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that items will be collected during the event, which will then be sent overseas to Fort Drum soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Items requested for drop-off include: Phone Cards, Magazines, Tooth Brushes, Mouthwash, Body Wash, Deck of Playing Cards, Suntan Lotion, Hard Candy, Pens, Notebooks, Envelopes, Sun Glasses, Disposable Cameras, Travel Size Packets of Laundry Detergent, Powdered Single Serving Drinks, such as Gatorade, Kool-Aid and Crossword Puzzles/Word Searches.

“This is a great way for the community to make an impact in the lives of those fighting overseas,” said event organizer Michael Folsom. “If each person to visit Frink Park during the event were to bring just one item each, we could send an enormous bundle from Clayton all the way to the Middle East.”

Drop-off will begin on Tuesday, June 14 at Frink Park and run through Sunday, June 19.
Davidson Auto Group, presenting sponsor of the event, will also honor soldiers by hosting a group of Wounded Warriors from Fort Drum aboard tall ship Lynx on June 14.

For more information on Sailing Seaway Clayton or to book an excursion aboard tall ship Lynx, be sure to visit www.sailingseawayclayton.com or call 1-866-446-5969.