San Diego powerboat racing heading to Mission Bay

More than 23 individual racing classes and more than 150 top class competition teams will take part in the year’s exciting speed classic on the waters of Mission Bay Park, writes former US powerboat racer Richard Carr.

200mph racing

It is known by powerboat fans as a “dramatic 200mph duel in the sun” and the San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing will once again take place this weekend from the 18th to the 20th of September.

There will be plenty of places for spectators to watch the action with points set-up on East Vacation Island, Crown Point and Fiesta Island. The main attraction is the H1 Unlimited hydroplane series, Grand Prix West, in addition to numerous smaller boat-racing classes.

Tickets can be bought in advanced of the weekend online or from the available ticket booths on the race days; children under the age of 12 are admitted free.

San Diego set to welcome 150,000 spectators

Many of the racers come annually to San Diego for the Bayfair festival because of the outstanding race course conditions and excellent weather.

Bayfair is San Diego’s largest annual family festival and sports competition and draws in fans from all over the world with more than 150,000 expected across the three days.

The festival includes live entertainment, vendors, plenty of food and beer gardens, fireworks, kids fun zone and many more family activities.

Variety of racing

The San Diego Bayfair is renowned for attracting more powerboat racing classes than any other site in the world and is recognised as the hallmark event of this kind in the nation.

They will all race along the famed Bill Muncey Memorial Race Course in honour of the sport’s greatest unlimited driver, with 62 unlimited wins.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.