BY MATT TRULIO, COLUMNIST
To his impressive list of offshore racing credentials that include going undefeated to claim an American Power Boat Association world crown in 1996 and following it up with a Union International Motonautique Class 1 world title in 1997, throttleman John Tomlinson added back-to-back Super Boat International Superboat-class world championships with the Performance Boat Center team in 2016 and 2017. As soft-spoken as he is fiercely competitive, Tomlinson and Performance Boat Center team driver Myrick Coil are working hard to complete a trifecta with another title at the SBI Offshore World Championships Nov. 5-11 in Key West, Fla.
But this time around in Key West, Tomlinson, who co-owns Miami-based TNT Custom Marine with Mike Thomas, his longtime business partner, will have something else on his plate. He’ll be throttling one of two 40-foot catamarans for the Dubai-based Victory team, which formerly dominated U.I.M. Class 1 competition, in SBI’s Superboat Unlimited class.