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Triton Boats: Sales up nearly 50 percent in 2013

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. – Triton Boats, a leading manufacturer of fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, experienced phenomenal growth in 2013 by signing 15 new dealers, posting a huge boost in retail sales, and adding sensational new models to its lineup.

“We’re extremely excited about our explosive growth over the past 12 months,” said Triton founder Earl Bentz. “During 2013, Triton signed 15 new dealers globally, and our fourth quarter retail sales were up nearly 50 percent compared to 2012. Tournament anglers have responded to our new 21 TrX high performance bass boat beyond our wildest expectations, and our new aluminum boat line is making huge waves among weekend fishermen and duck hunters as well.”

Triton’s dealer network, long regarded as one of the marine industry’s strongest, is poised to make an even more dramatic impact on fishing boat sales in the months to come, Bentz indicated. “We hand-picked our newest dealers based on their proven track records and dedication to customer service. Even those dealers that have been handling the Triton line for only a few months are already reporting dramatic sales increases in their market area.”

Triton’s flagship 21 TrX, a new 21-foot bass missile, has been a huge hit among competitive anglers, Bentz said. “This spectacular tournament boat brings back the glory days of bass boating, when having the fastest rig on the lake was a source of pride. It combines extreme performance with innovative features like monster casting decks, a huge center rod box, and the capability of mounting 12-inch electronics units in-dash and at the bow for maximum convenience and security. All of Triton’s Elite Pro Staff members are running the 21 TrX on the 2014 tour, and according to them, it’s blowing away their competition. Our new aluminum lineup, led by our popular X18 bass boat, delivers a new level of fishability, performance and value to dedicated weekend anglers as well as first-time fishing boat buyers. And our current Catch of the Season promotion is off to an awsome start – our retail customers love the option of being able to choose either a generous cash rebate or a pro-level product package. Put simply, Triton is hot, and getting hotter. And we look for even bigger things to come in 2014.”

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OKI 24-hour and 6-hour races this weekend

The North Shore’s beloved OKI 24-Hour Race begins this Saturday 8 January at 2pm. Olympic-hopefuls will be sailing through the night in an iconic event with past winners including Dean Barker and Russell Coutts.

“The OKI 24-hr sailing event is New Zealand’s toughest dinghy race and this year we have teams from all over the world competing – Koreans, Dutch and Omanis,” says Murrays Bay Sailing Club Commodore, David Gunn. “We have perfect laser sailing conditions in Auckland and these teams visit over the summer to train.”

The OKI 24-Hour Race is a competition for laser sailors held on Lake Pupuke and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club, a club with a rich history of sailors recognised through national championships, America’s Cup regattas and the Olympics.

“Last year’s event saw an exciting finish with the winning boats just 30-seconds apart – second place went to a youth team,” says Gunn. “The start of the race was almost as exciting with the sailors in a Le Mans-style run down the hill and onto the boats.”

There’s a major prize of $2,000 available for the sailor/s who do the most laps in the 24-hour timeframe. The best solo sailor will also win $1,000 and have a chance to win the major prize as well.

“The solo sailors race through the night so it’s hard to keep concentration up for that long, but they don’t need to swap sailors every two hours so have a chance to win the big prize as well as the solo prize,” explains Gunn.

Last year’s solo champion, James Sandall, will be defending his title and there’s also competition from Andy Maloney and Nicholas Heiner (who came first and second in the NZ Nationals a few weeks ago), Thomas Saunders (who is up for Olympic selection), Phil Robinson, Brad Marsh and Andrew McKenzie.

From howling 30-knot southerlies to 2 knots of shifting breeze in the middle of the night and everything in between, the OKI 24-Hour Race is a test of man and boat against the elements.


6-hr Race: (7.30am – 1.30pm)

24-hour Race: (2pm Saturday – 2pm Sunday)

The events are fundraisers for Murray’s Bay Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business Comworth Technologies, distributor for OKI printers, has been sponsoring the race since 1989.

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