HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair returns to Mission Bay Sept. 17-19 featuring the world’s fastest boats and Hydro-Flight Games. Bayfair, which staged its first event on Mission Bay in 1964, was postponed last year because of the pandemic.
“We’ve seen strong demand as our fans are looking to reconnect with friends and family in the great outdoors of Mission Bay,” said Gregg Mansfield, HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair spokesman. “HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair is a tradition for a lot of people and not being able to host it last year makes this year’s event even more special.”
Mansfield said the biggest change to event programming for 2021 is on Crown Point. “We will have a large motorcycle show on Saturday and a huge car show (250 cars) on Sunday,” he said. “This event will happen in lieu of America’s Finest BBQ. America’s Finest will return in 2022.”
About 70,000 spectators and RVers are expected to be part of the end-of-summer tradition as the family-friendly festival spreads out over East Vacation Island, Crown Point, and Fiesta Island.
Celebrating its 57th year, HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair is one of California’s largest on-water events. “Our fans have waited two long years for HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair to return and we couldn’t be more excited to be back,” said Bob Davies, race director for HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair. “The last couple of years has been a reminder of the importance of spending time with family and friends.”
Bayfair offers a variety of events on land and water over the three-day family festival. The 200-mph H1 Unlimited hydroplanes headline the on-water racing.
The tour is wrapping up its 2021 season on Mission Bay and Miss Tri-Cities driver J. Michael Kelly is looking to secure the driver points championship over San Diego's favorite Jimmy Shane and the Miss HomeStreet boat. About 200 points separate the competitors, so the championship won’t likely be determined until Sunday’s final race.
Joining the H1 Unlimiteds on the racecourse is the popular piston-powered Grand Prix America boats. The boats bring a lot of attention when they go on the 2-1/2 mile oval racecourse that was purpose-built for hydroplane racing. “We hope race fans are just as excited as we are to be back in San Diego and racing on Mission Bay,” said Jeff Bernard, driver of the GP-79 Bad Influence. “It is my family and my favorite place to come and race and we are ready for fans to see some exciting racing after the COVID shutdowns. The San Diego race fans are some of our most loyal on our circuit.” Additional on-water entertainment includes several classes of amateur racing from the American Power Boat Association including 1 Liters, Stock Hydros, and tunnel boats.
For more information, visit www.sandiegobayfair.org.