CMS 03 hardened its lead in the Superboat Unlimited class — with a little help from teammates CMS 3 — in the second race of the Key West World Championships on Friday. And Broadco jumped to the top spot in the hard-fought, eight-boat Superboat class after its chief rival and Wednesday’s leader Stihl retired early with mechanical problems.
Nothing is assured going into Sunday’s final of the 34th annual race because each of the seven classes will race double the laps of the first two days for double points.
Water conditions Friday were uncharacteristically calm for Key West, and there were no accidents or injuries, unlike Wednesday’s bumpy opener when J.D. Byrider flipped over in a turn, sending two crew members to hospitals. However, Superboat entry WHM spun out in the fourth lap, then quickly recovered to finish third.
In the Superboat Unlimited class, CMS 03 — throttled by Miami’s John Tomlinson and driven by Jeff Harris of North Carolina — led from start to finish, averaging nearly 108 miles per hour and trailed closely by teammates Bob Bull and Randy Scism, both of Missouri, in CMS 3. Miss Geico was third, 27 seconds behind the leaders.
The CMS 3 boat barely made it off the starting line Wednesday when it was stopped cold in a mash-up involving several competitors and ended up last. Following hasty repairs and replacement of its engines, it shadowed its sister boat throughout Friday’s race.
Four races are slated for Sunday, beginning and finishing in Key West Harbor.