51st Annual San Diego Bayfair Zips Into Mission Bay

NBC 7 San Diego

The world’s fastest boats will roar into Mission Bay this weekend for the famous three-day San Diego Bayfair – a racing fest on the water boasting high-octane action.

The 51st annual, family-friendly, outdoor festival goes down Friday through Sunday, when more than 85,000 spectators are expected to descend on East Vacation Island, Crown Point and Fiesta Island.

This year, Bayfair organizers expect one of the largest boat fleets ever on the water, with more than 80 teams from around the world competing in multiple races on Mission Bay.

Among the hydro highlights, organizers say racing fans will want to catch a glimpse of the H1 Unlimited hydroplane, Go3Racing, expected to make its first appearance at Bayfair since 2008. The vessel is powered by a dual turbocharged Allison V-12 engine.

Other things attendees can enjoy on land include live music, beer gardens, vendors and activities for kids. This year, spectators can also tour a pit area that allows fans to get up close with the boats and racing teams on the bay.

The schedule, as well as details on different ticket packages and prices, is available here.

By the way, just in time for Fleet Week San Diego, Bayfair will host Military Appreciation Day on Saturday. That day, active-duty military and reservists will receive free admission, while their family members are given a special discount rate on tickets.

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