It was a record-breaking weekend in Clayton.
The 2nd annual Sailing Seaway Clayton festival brought in record numbers of people, as well as a new world record when 5-year-old black Labrador Retriever Taz and owner Mike Chiasson of Shannon, Quebec, took the long jump competition with a 31-foot jump during the DockDogs competition.
Tall ship Fair Jeanne also sailed into the Thousand Islands Regional Dock with a “grand arrival” on Thursday evening. A parade of antique boats, the Clayton fireboat and numerous locals escorted the tall ship to the village with fanfare, while more than 450 onlookers lined the river’s edge at Frink Park in downtown Clayton.
The festival officially kicked off on Friday, June 15 when the first dog splashed into the giant 40-foot pool on the site of the added feature event, Seaway Splash. Dogs from across the Northeast (including Vermont) and Canada (Ontario and Quebec) came to Clayton to compete in the world renowned DockDogs competition.
Competition waves took place throughout the weekend in categories such as BIG AIR (long jumping), EXTREME VERTICAL (height jumping) and SPEED RETRIEVE (swimming).
In addition to the dog competition, tall ship Fair Jeanne provided complimentary deck tours throughout the weekend, including Friday morning when nearly 400 local school children visited the ship.
In all, Clayton set a number of record-breaking marks over the course of the weekend, including the following:
Sailing Seaway Clayton Event Records
- Largest Single Day Crowd – More than 6,100 (Saturday, June 16) (former record of more than 2,000 – 6/18/11)
- Largest Overall Event Attendance – More than 11,250 (former record of more than 5,000 – 2011)
- Most Tall Ship Deck Tours in One Event – Over 3,000 (former record of more than 1,000 – 2011) Totals based on estimates made by village police and local officials
DockDogs Competition Records Set at Seaway Splash
- Overall World Record in BIG AIR (long jump) – 31-feet 0-inches set by 5 year old black Labrador Retriever Taz and owner Mike Chiasson of Shannon, Quebec
Note: Taz broke the previous Outdoor World Record, which was held at 28’ 10,” twice (Saturday – 28’ 11 “ and Sunday morning – 29’ 2”) during Seaway Splash prior to setting the new overall mark (Sunday afternoon – 31’) for both indoor and outdoor event jumps, becoming the longest jump ever in DockDogs competition history
- Iron Dog World Record – 3120.59 points set by 5 year old black Labrador Retreiver Taz and owner Mike Chiasson of Shannon, Quebec
Note: Iron Dog is determined by a formula of points tallied between all three competitive events (BIG AIR, EXTREME VERTICAL and SPEED RETRIEVE)
In addition to the successful festival, area businesses reported record setting sales as well. One area restaurant claimed to have sold the most dinners in the owner’s history, while other shops and restaurants saw long lines throughout the weekend.