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Commentary: Finishing Before The Break

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Two CMS catamarans started in Clearwater and one finished the race—and the results were good for the entire CMS Unlimited-class team (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image.

Throughout last weekend’s Super Boat International World Championships in Clearwater, Fla., John Tomlinson and Jeff Harris had trouble keeping their 48-foot CMS 03 MTI catamaran moving. And by that I don’t mean moving at 150-plus-mph down the straights and 100 mph through the turns. I mean moving, period.

“We had a throttle-control problem,” said Tomlinson, who handles the sticks for Bob Bull’s smaller Unlimited-class raceboat. “We went from having power to dropping back down to idle with all kinds of horns blowing, to powering back up again. We were able run enough laps to take the National Championship, but Bob and Randy ran really well won the race in the 52-foot CMS 3 boat.

“The CMS boats won every race they entered this year,” he added.

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