Written by Matt Trulio – speedonthewater.com
With almost three months between the Cocoa Beach, Fla., season-opener and today’s Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, Ind., Super Boat International offshore racing fans have had to be patient this season. But their patience was rewarded today in two mostly flat-water contests on Lake Michigan that saw healthy fleets with three entries in the Superboat Unlimited class, six in the Superboat and Superboat Vee ranks and five in the Superboat Stock category.
Despite leading briefly, the defending Superboat-class national and world champion Performance Boat Center team of throttleman John Tomlinson and driver Myrick Coil exited the race early after a hard spin.
“We tore up some stuff today,” said Tomlinson, who in addition to his Performance Boat Center duties will throttle one catamaran for the Unlimited-class Dubai-based Victory Team at the SBI National Championships in Clearwater, Fla., and World Championships in Key West, Fla., later this year. “We were in the lead on the second lap, heading into the second turn. The back end came up and caught a little, but it usually just settles down. This time, it slid and we spun 180 degrees. We filled one of the (Sterling Performance) engines with water, and both the skegs are gone from the drives.
“But we’ll be ready for the next RWO race in Dunkirk,” he added. “The important thing today is that everyone is OK.”