HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair Presented by Nissan Titan Takes Over Mission Bay, September 14-16, with New BBQ Competition and World's Fastest Boats
September 3, 2018—HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair presented by Nissan Titan is back on Mission Bay, September 14-16, with a new barbecue competition and expanded on-water action featuring many of the world’s fastest boats.
About 70,000 spectators and RVers will celebrate the end of the summer as the three-day festival takes over East Vacation Island, Crown Point and Fiesta Island. Celebrating its 54th year, HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair is one of California’s largest on-water festivals.
“Fans are going to enjoy some of the best barbecue in the country with the addition of America’s Finest BBQ State Championship on Saturday (September 15) during Bayfair,” said Bob Davies, race director for HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair. “At the same time fans will enjoy exciting boat racing at the best racecourse in the country.”
Bayfair features three days of nonstop boat racing, a kids’ zone and beer gardens to enjoy the festivities on Mission Bay. More than 700 RVs will take over Mission Bay Park, a rare opportunity to stay overnight in the park.
Wrapping up its season in San Diego, H1 Unlimited hydroplanes that draws fans from around the world to the shores of Mission Bay. Last year’s Bill Muncey Cup champion Andrew Tate is looking to defend his crown. Tate is coming off victories in Seattle and the Gold Cup in Detroit. Looking to stop the momentum is Miss HomeStreet driver Jimmy Shane, who has won the past three national high points championships. Shane, a three-time Bill Muncey Cup champion, is a fan favorite in San Diego.
Fans will also love the big piston-powered boats from Grand Prix World Supercharged Hydroplanes as they’ll race throughout the weekend. The piston-powered hydroplanes are a smaller sibling to the H1 Unlimited hydroplanes but still top 150 mph on the water. Fans will be familiar with most of the drivers, who have also raced on the H1 Unlimited circuit.
Rounding out the on-water entertainment are several classes of amateur racing from the American Power Boat Association. The grass-roots racers will compete off East Vacation Island.
Adding to the fun is the America’s Finest BBQ State Championship on Saturday, September 15. The barbecue competition will feature more than 40 teams firing up barbecues for the best pork, beef brisket, chicken and pulled pork. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society.
Barbecue legend Moe Cason will be grilling on Crown Point. Cason, a Navy veteran from Des Moines, Iowa, runs the award-winning Ponderosa Barbecue in Iowa and starred in the TV series BBQ Pitmasters.
Tickets to America’s Finest BBQ State Championship are $10; free for Bayfair fans with a 3-day Super Pass. Meat samples are available for purchase. The barbecue competition will have a beer garden and music with all proceeds going to the San Diego Police Museum.
“Barbecue is very serious business for the competitors,” said Ed LaValle, who is organizing America’s Finest BBQ competition. “We want to create a premier Southern California competition event and we think Crown Point is a great venue.”
Other activities at Bayfair include beer gardens, a large vendor area open to the public on East Vacation Island and activities for the kids. San Diego Bayfair also offers RV spaces to rent on Mission Bay, one of the few opportunities to stay overnight in Mission Bay Park. RV Packages include four nights and five days, plus tickets to the event.
Testing and qualifying with limited racing taking place on Friday, September 14. Heat races and championship races are on Saturday and Sunday. The Bill Muncey Cup for H1 Unlimited is on Sunday afternoon, September 16.
“We’re incredibly thankful to the San Diego Tourism Marketing District and our returning title sponsor HomeStreet Bank for their support in making this a world-class event,” Davies said. “We’re excited to see old friends and make new friends on Mission Bay.”
Single-day tickets start at $25 and a three-day Super Pass is available for $45. Children under age 12 are free.
Andrew Tate Captures HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair
September 17, 2017—Andrew Tate took home the Bill Muncey Cup presented by HomeStreet Bank at San Diego Bayfair on Sunday and Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Jimmy Shane won his third consecutive H1 Unlimited national championship.
Tate in the Realtrac/Delta gear saved his best for the last race of the season by jumping out to an early lead and holding off a hard-charging J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking boat. Kelly nearly passed Tate but by Lap 4 Tate pulled ahead for good. Kelly finished second and Shane took third in the final.
“The Bill Muncey Cup is definitely a prestigious award that I’m very proud to have my name on with the U-9 team,” said Tate, who won his third race of the season that wrapped in San Diego.
Earlier in the day, Shane locked up the national championship when Tate was penalized for crossing through a restricted area on the course and lost points, which helped Shane’s Madison, Indiana-based team win its eighth national championship since 2008.
“Our team goal is always the national championship and we accomplished that goal this year,” said Shane, who celebrated his fifth national championship. “I’m honored to be in great equipment with a great team, great sponsor and that’s what it takes to win a national championship.”
During Sunday’s heat races both Shane and Tate were victors. In fact, every heat during the weekend was won by either Shane or Tate.
Shane was doing double duty this weekend on Mission Bay and captured the final in the piston-powered Grand Prix World Supercharged Hydroplane race.
It was another year of solid attendance for HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair, which is traditionally the last stop for many boat racing tours.
“HomeStreet Bank has been an incredible partner for San Diego Bayfair,” said Bob Davies, race director. “We thank HomeStreet’s CEO Mark Mason and his great team for their support.”
Andrew Tate, Jimmy Shane Set for Sunday Showdown
September 16, 2017—Jimmy Shane and Andrew Tate are locked in a tight battle for the national championship after winning their respective heats Saturday at HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair and the championship will be decided Sunday on Mission Bay.
Tate won the first heat in his Realtrac/Delta hydroplane, pushing defending national champ Jimmy Shane and his HomeStreet Bank team to get a much-needed victory in the second heat. Shane delivered in the second heat by outrunning Tate to keep his 299-point lead going into Sunday’s two heats and the Bill Muncey Cup Final presented by HomeStreet Bank.
“Those two points are making all the difference in the world right now,” Tate said. “We have two heats and a final tomorrow so we have to bring everything we’ve got.”
Shane said it was important to win the second heat to have a slight cushion going into Sunday’s racing action.
“We really wanted to get the points back we lost in the first heat to Andrew (Tate),” Shane said. “Every heat matters and we had to put ourselves in a position to at least get inside of Andrew and gain the points back.”
In Heat 1, Tate averaged 154.739 mph around the 2.5-mile Bill Muncey course to take the victory. Shane finished second with a 154.38 mph lap speed and Tom Thompson in Reliable Diamond/J&D was third. Fourth place went to Dustin Echols in the Snuskitush Enterprises and J. Michael Kelly Graham Trucking boat was disqualified with a fuel violation.
In Heat 2, it was Shane with a 153.287 mph lap speed for first place, followed by Tate, Kelly, Thompson and Echols.
The H1 Unlimited season wraps up Sunday when the Bill Muncey Cup presented by HomeStreet Bank is run at 4:30 pm.
HomeStreet Bank Presents San Diego Bayfair to Roar on Mission Bay, Sept. 15-17
September 6, 2017—One of California’s largest on-water festivals, San Diego Bayfair presented by HomeStreet Bank, is set to take over Mission Bay September 15-17.
More than 75,000 spectators and RVers are expected to attend the three-day event on East Vacation Island and Fiesta Island to watch the world’s fastest boats and celebrate the end of summer.
For more than 50 years, Bayfair has brought families and friends together on beautiful Mission Bay,” said Bob Davies, race director San Diego Bayfair. “Bayfair brings competitors from around the United States and fans from across the globe for a thrilling weekend of racing.”
Bayfair features three days of nonstop boat racing, a kids’ zone and beer gardens to enjoy the festivities on Mission Bay. More than 700 RV spots will take over Mission Bay Park, a rare opportunity to stay overnight in the park.
The main draw once again is H1 Unlimited as the tour wraps up its season in San Diego. U-1 HomeStreet Bank driver Jimmy Shane is chasing his third straight national high points championship and a third consecutive Bill Muncey Cup at Bayfair.
Shane, who is an engineer at Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin in Seattle, has a slim 300-point lead over driver Andrew Tate in the U-9 Jones Racing boat. J. Michael Kelly, who won Bayfair in 2015, trails Shane by nearly 600 points. The final standings could look dramatically different after the HomeStreet Bank Bill Muncey Cup Final Sunday afternoon.
Grand Prix World Supercharged Hydroplanes returns to San Diego and is expected to field eight teams. The piston-powered hydroplanes are a smaller sibling to the H1 Unlimited hydroplanes but still top 150 mph on the water.
“We are excited to bring a competitive field of boats that promise to restore the roar on Mission Bay,” said Sam Cole, who leads the Grand Prix World tour. “We have excellent drivers, many who raced in the Unlimited ranks. Fans will be familiar with their names.”
Proving that age is just a number, 70-year-old grandfather Jerry Hopp will be racing his Happy Go Lucky hydroplane in San Diego. It’s a course he’s familiar with since his days competing against the late Bill Muncey, who pushed for the development of Mission Bay Park and founded San Diego Bayfair.
Rounding out the on-water entertainment will be several classes of amateur racing led by RPM Racing.
Other activities on land include beer gardens, a large vendor area open to the public on East Vacation Island and activities for the kids. San Diego Bayfair also offers RV spaces to rent on Mission Bay, one of the few opportunities to stay overnight in Mission Bay Park. RV Packages include four nights and five days, plus tickets to the event.
Testing and qualifying with limited racing takes place on Friday, September 15. Heat races and championship races take place Saturday and Sunday. The HomeStreet Bank Bill Muncey Cup for H1 Unlimited is tentatively set for 4:15 pm on Sunday, September 17.
All of the participating boats will be stationed on East Vacation Island/Ski Beach, the main event site for San Diego Bayfair. All spectators can tour the pit area at no additional charge, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the boats and teams.
“We’re grateful to HomeStreet Bank for returning as the title sponsor and the incredible support from the San Diego Tourism Marketing District,” Davies said. “Bayfair helps showcase San Diego as a world-class tourism destination.”
Single-day tickets start at $25 and a three-day Super Pass is available for $45. Children under age 12 are free.