San Diego Bayfair Thunderboat Races

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Thunderboat Races on Missin Bay September 16-18, 2022

San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

San Diego Bayfair has a long and rich tradition in Mission Bay Park. The first race was staged in 1964 thanks to the foresight of the great Unlimited hydroplane racer Bill Muncey. Muncey was the driving force behind Bayfair and getting the racecourse built to host the event. Running the weekend of September 16-18, 2022 book your stay today and get a special room rate!

The 2.5-mile racecourse, which was named after the late Bill Muncey, is the longest and fastest racecourse on the H1 Unlimited hydroplane circuit. Driver Dave Villwock set the World Lap Speed Record of 173.384 mph in 1999 at Bayfair. Villwock has won a record nine Bill Muncey Cups, including his first ever Unlimited hydroplane race victory on the waters of Mission Bay.

Over the years, more than 5 million people have enjoyed the races on Mission Bay. Bayfair has grown from just a hydroplane race in 1964 to an event that featured drag boats, international competitors, live music and aerial demonstrations. Boat-racing tours including Formula One tunnel boats, Grand Prix West, P1 USA, Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association and various semi-professional classes have competed at Bayfair.

Purchase tickets ahead of time online. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the entrance gates of East Vacation Island/Ski Beach, Crown Point or Fiesta Island. Bring a print out of the ticket to San Diego Bayfair. Volunteers at the entrance of East Vacation Island/Ski Beach, Crown Point or Fiesta Island will exchange the ticket for a wristband. Beer gardens are available on East Vacation Island and Crown Point. Alcohol is also available in hospitality. The Vendor Village is open to the general public and does not require a ticket. Access to watch the races requires paid admission. Smoking is not permitted in Mission Bay Park, per the City of San Diego.

Where: Mission Bay 1404 Vacation Rd‎ San Diego, CA 92109
Contact: 760-789-8870
Date & Time: Sep 16 – Sep 18, 2022
Price: Starting at $20