Throttleman, John Tomlinson and driver Myrick Coil of Performance Boat Center participated in Roar Offshore this past weekend. At the practice session, they talk about the course and what challenges it presented. They ended with a podium finish, placing third. Read below to find out more!
The practice session for Roar Offshore, the final event in the six-race American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla, gave many of the 68 teams the opportunity to not just in to dial in their raceboats but learn the five-mile clockwise course includes a dogleg on the outside section. If waters conditions had mirrored those of the day prior, the teams would have competed on flat water textured by light offshore winds.
The dogleg section added an interesting wrinkle to what would otherwise be a simple oval course.
John Tomlinson, the throttleman for the Performance Boat Center team that campaigns in the Class One ranks, said the course would present challenges for him and driver Myrick Coil in their 43-foot MTI catamaran.
“It should be fun to drive around, but it’s short and it will be hard to pass,” he said prior to the race.
Coil, who pulled double duty racing for Performance Boat Center as the throttleman for the Super Stock-class points-leading 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran, agreed. He and driver Rusty Williams squared off against 12 other Super Stock teams in the first race of the day, which started at 10 a.m.
Before the race he said, “It’s definitely a fun course, But it’s going to be tough to pass people.”