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 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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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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 or for more information on tall ship Lynx, visit