SBI Key West Worlds Day 1: Victories For Defending Champs And More
Written by Matt Trulio and Jason Johnson – speedonthewater.com
With 10- to 15-mph winds coming out of the east and rising one- to three-foot seas, the first contest of the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., concluded today with outstanding performances by a pair of 2017 world champions as well as one 2016 world title holder.
In their best finish of the 2018 season, the AMH Motorsports team of rookie driver/owner Aaron Hope and throttleman Anthony Smith claimed second place in its 38-foot Skater. Never a factor in the battle for the top two slots, the WHM Motorsports duo of owner/driver Billy Mauff and throttleman Jay Muller finished third in its 40-foot Skater.
As for defending Superboat-class world champions driver Myrick Coil and throttleman John Tomlinson in the Performance Boat CenterSkater 388, they found themselves on the outside of the five-boat pack at the start and within the first few laps began developing engine problems.
“The boat felt strong, but on the second or third lap something went wrong with our starboard engine,” Tomlinson said. “We were making ground—I really thought we could have won that race—but the engine lost power. We were down 1,300 to 1,500 rpm.”
|TEAMS – SUPERBOAT CLASS||ENGINES||AVG SPEED||POSITION|
|M CON||Sterling Performance||91.09||1 – 250.0|
|AMH MOTORSPORTS||Sterling Performance||90.65||2 – 225.0|
|WHM MOTORSPORTS||Sterling Performance||88.84||3 – 202.5|
|PERFORMANCE BOAT CENTER||Sterling Performance||71.55||4 – 182.5|
|PRO FLOORS||Sterling Performance||95.28||5 – 164.5|
|MGI DIGITAL TECH-KONICA||Keeter Performance||——||6 – 148.0|