Bayfair Powerboat Racing Returns to Mission Bay

Byline: The Log Staff

Bayfair Powerboat Racing Returns to Mission Bay

SAN DIEGO — Race boats from the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series — including unlimited hyrdroplanes — will once again compete on Mission Bay during the annual San Diego Bayfair, Sept. 14-16.

More than 100 boats are expected to compete off Crown Point at the event, which is the last stop for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series before the World Finals in November, in Phoenix.

The series’ Top Fuel Hydros run at speeds of up to 260 mph on a quarter-mile course.

Drivers will compete in 11 classes, including sportsman and professional. In addition to the racing action, fans can meet the drivers and watch the boats being prepared for competition.

Joining the Air National Guard Hydroplane Series will be Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, Comp Jets, K Boats, Stock Outboards and SST 45s. Also participating is the Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (POPRA) and its fleet of catamarans and V-bottoms.

The classes will run between heats of the H1 Unlimited Series, which is expected to bring 11 boats to San Diego for the national championship. Most of the classes will run off Ski Beach, but some of the classes will also compete off Fiesta Island.

“We’re excited to once again have the H1 Unlimited series back on Mission Bay,” said Jeff Thomas, president of San Diego Bayfair’s Board of Governors. “The fans love the speed and the beauty of the boats. They are part of what makes Bayfair such a magical weekend.”

RV spots are available on East Vacation Isle, Fiesta Island and Crown Point for the three days of racing action. In addition, advance tickets are available by calling (760) 789-8870.

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