Fast boats and hot barbecue at San Diego Bayfair

HomeStreet Bank driver Jimmy Shane finished first in the finals of the San Diego Bay Fair on Sunday.
The San Diego Bayfair event features three days of boat racing, hydroplane boats, and this year there’s a barbecue competition, too, in Mission Bay from Sept. 14 to 16.
(Photo by Don Boomer)

The H1 Unlimited hydroplanes are back in Mission Bay this weekend for the San Diego Bayfair, three days of boat racing with thousands of fans from around the world watching the water competition. Drivers are competing for a victory here, after races in Seattle and Detroit, and fans will see boats that top speeds of 150 miles per hour on the water, plus several classes of amateur boat racing from the American Power Boat Association. And new this year, the America’s Finest BBQ State Championship on Saturday, with more than 40 teams firing up their grills to cook up the best brisket, chicken and pulled pork. Moe Cason, of television’s “BBQ Pitmasters,” will be grilling on Crown Point.

San Diego Bayfair: Various times Friday through Sunday. East Vacation Island, Crown Point and Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. $10 for barbecue competition; $25-$45 for boat races (children under 12 admitted free).

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