The Scism’s race in Fort Myers! The father-daughter duo of Randy & Taylor Scism took to the waters of Fort Myers over the past weekend in the Road Offshore contest. Hear what Taylor had to say about racing with her father, and founder of MTI, Randy Scism!
While it’s always good to have a backup plan for cockpit personnel in offshore powerboat racing, rookie competitor Taylor Scism—who runs in the new-for-2021 450R Factory Stock class—had a couple of really good ones when throttleman John Tomlinson had to exit the cockpit of her canopied MTI 390X race boat powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines.
At the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., that translated to her sharing the cockpit with F1 H2O tunnel-boat world champion Shaun Torrente.
For October 9th’s Roar Offshore Fort Myers contest in Southwest Florida, her father, Randy, throttled alongside her. They have practiced extensively together in the 39-footer at the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri this season and had planned to race together for the first time in late June during the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. But their race in Sarasota—the final contest of the day that also included the Supercat class—was scrubbed.
“I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow,” Taylor said in anticipation of the race. “Hopefully we’ll actually be able to get out there and race together this time.
“It’ll be a really special moment to be able to be out there with my dad,” she added. “Since I can remember, I’ve been attending his races. So it’s really cool to have him in the boat with me this time.”
Though they haven’t shared the cockpit during an offshore race, Taylor and Randy Scism have spent hours practicing together on the Lake of the Ozarks.