While the CMS Unlimited-class offshore racing team brought two raceboats—a two-seat 48-foot Marine Technology, Inc. catamaran and a six-seat 52-foot MTI “back-up” cat—last year to the Super Boat International World Championship in Key West, Fla., this year CMS is bringing two full teams to the event. This morning, CMS team owner Bob Bull confirmed for the first time that he will drive his brand-new two-seat 52-footer (he still owns the six-seat version, which will be used primarily for poker runs and endurance events) powered by twin Mercury Racing 1650 engines with throttleman/MTI company owner Randy Scism.
With Tomlinson and Harris in the CMS 48-foot MTI cat (shown here at the this year’s SBI event in Sarasota, Fla.) and team owner/driver Bull and Scism in the new 52-footer, the CMS team will be gunning for an Unlimited-class world championship at the SBI Worlds in Key West, Fla., next week. Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image. (Click image to enlarge.)
Throttleman John Tomlinson and driver Jeff Harris will run Bull’s 48-footer, which he and Scism campaigned last year at the SBI Worlds in the Unlimited class, also powered by Mercury Racing 1650s. Bull and Scism finished second overall in that cat.
The new CMS 52-footer was finished last week. “We ran it on the lake a bit last week,” said Bull. “I’m heading to Florida tomorrow to pick up Randy (currently is in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area for the ongoing Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show), and then will head down to Key West.”
No team in recent history has fielded two boats in the Unlimited class, much less one with four formidable veteran offshore racers in their cockpits. The combined experienced of Bull, Scism, Harris and Tomlinson spans decades.
“I’m heading down Monday” said Tomlinson. “It’s going to be fun being part of a two-boat team, and I’m looking forward to running with Jeff.”