Monday, June 10, 2013


Clayton, New York (June 10, 2013) – The complete guide to the 2013 edition of Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Caskinette’s Lofink Ford, which includes Seaway Splash presented by TIMIS, Inc., has been released for the upcoming festival.  

The Sailing Seaway Clayton festival has quickly grown into a popular event within the 1000 Islands region and has helped to land Clayton, NY on the map among tall ships.
In 2012, more than 11,000 people passed through Frink Park in downtown Clayton to view tall ship Fair Jeanne, listen to live music, visit vendor booths, and an enjoy the entertainment provided by the new Seaway Splash competition.
In 2013, much of the same from the successful 2012 run will remain in place, as well as a few new pieces, such as a “Battle Sail” featuring two of the tall ships.

The Thousand Islands Regional Dock in Clayton will be graced by three tall ships at once for the first-time ever.
On the morning of Tuesday, June 11 between 10 a.m. and Noon., the majestic 203-foot Empire Sandy will arrive to mark the start of festivities leading up to Sailing Seaway Clayton 2013 presented by Caskinette’s Lofink Ford.
At Noon on Wednesday, June 12 the festival will officially begin when boats from the Antique Boat Museum and the Clayton Fireboat, Last Chance, will lead a parade from Rock Island, which will escort tall ships Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II into town. The ships will mark their presence with multiple deck gun blasts as they near the Regional Dock.

Tall Ship Deck Tours Schedule:
Once docked in Clayton, Lynx and Empire Sandy will be open to the public for deck tours. Ships may have boarding fees unrelated to the festival ranging between $5-8/person.
June 12             1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
June 13             10 a.m. – 1 p.m.           
June 14 – 16     9 a.m. – 11 a.m.           

Empire Sandy
June 12             10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
June 13             9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pride of Baltimore II
Not available for public boarding, but can be viewed from the dock

Excursions aboard Tall Ship Lynx:
Thursday through Sunday, visitors will have the opportunity to sail aboard tall ship Lynx. In 2011, all excursions sold out prior to the ship’s arrival. This year, excursions still have availability, but are very limited. Advance reservations are highly encouraged by visiting
Each excursion is two hours in length.
                        June 13             2 p.m. – 4 p.m.              5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Battle Sail)
                        June 14 – 16     12 Noon – 2 p.m.                       3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Battle Sail – Lynx vs. Pride of Baltimore II:
For the first-time ever, Sailing Seaway Clayton will feature a “Battle Sail” between two ships off the village shoreline.
Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II will exchange fire and draw a crowd between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. Those interested in being aboard Lynx for the sail should log on to to reserve tickets now – space is limited. Those hoping to watch should visit Frink Park.

 SEAWAY SPLASH presented by TIMIS, Inc. –
Last year, the DockDogs competition, best known as Seaway Splash in Clayton, captured the attention of everyone.
Dogs from across the Northeast came to the region to compete in this nationally recognized circuit that has been seen on networks such as ABC and ESPN.
Clayton even made its way into the DockDogs record books when Taz, a young black Labrador, raised the bar by leaping 31-feet in the Big Air contest and taking the world record not once, but twice in the same weekend. Taz is expected to return to Clayton and defend his title.

Seaway Splash Schedule:
June 14             Big Air Competition Waves presented by TIMIS, Inc.                    10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
June 15             Big Air Competition Waves presented by TIMIS, Inc.                    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
                        Extreme Vertical presented by Bonnie Castle Resort                    6 p.m.
June 16             Big Air Competition Waves presented by TIMIS, Inc.                    9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
                        Speed Retrieve presented by Caskinette’s Throttle Shop              3:30 p.m.
                        Big Air Finals presented by TIMIS, Inc.                                         5 p.m.

River Night Lights presented by Clayton Island Tours:
River Night Lights is a new feature in 2013. Join us in Frink Park on Friday, June 14 at dusk or board a Clayton Island Tours boat and participate in the launching of floating lanterns over the river.
Approximately 100 Chinese floating lanterns will light the night sky. Lanterns on shore will be available for a $5 donation to support the festival. Clayton Island Tours will also carry a number of lanterns to launch while out on the water.
To reserve space aboard a Clayton Island Tours boat for this event, log onto

Live Music featuring Bad Husbands Club:
Bad Husbands Club returns to the festival for the third year-in-a-row and is always sure to entertain. Bring a lawn chair to Frink Park and enjoy their performance on Saturday, June 15 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Vendors in the Park:
Vendors will return to Frink Park throughout the weekend offering a number of items.

Free Admission to the Antique Boat Museum:
The first 50 visitors aboard tall ship Lynx on Sunday, June 16 will receive a free admission pass to the Antique Boat Museum to be used any time prior to October 2013.

For more information on Sailing Seaway Clayton, visit or for information on DockDogs or to register for the event, visit