With powerboat racing struggling on most fronts this year, it’s nice to be able to report at least one piece of good news. After a year away from racing in San Diego’s famed Bayfair event—once a key stop on the Unlimited hydroplane tour—the H1 Unlimited hydroplanes will compete there again in the Air Guard Championship presented by Degree Men September 17-19.
“This is a fantastic moment for our sport,” said Sam Cole, the chairman of H1 (the Unlimited hydroplane tour organization), in a press release. “To be able to announce that we are racing in San Diego with the Air National Guard as the race sponsor and Degree Men as the presenting sponsor is awesome.
“We will be following the NASCAR Air Guard 400 on September 11 with the Air Guard Championship presented by Degree," Cole added.
According to Jeff Thomas, the chairman of board of directors for San Diego Bayfair, the organizers are “thrilled” to have the Unlimited hydroplanes returning to San Diego.
“Racing fans are in for an action-packed three-day event," he said.
Unfortunately, those fans won’t be part of a poker run that was scheduled to coincide with the event. At least for this year, plans for the run have been shelved. Still, Bayfair remains a fan friendly event with an array of spectator areas that present great views of the Unlimited hydroplane action of Mission Bay.
And as a partner in the event, the Air National Guard hopes to provide something of a bigger-picture view.
“The Air National Guard is proud to partner with the H1 Unlimited series at the San Diego Bayfair as we look to increase overall awareness of the Air Guard,” said Captain Rondal Perry, division chief of Air National Guard marketing and advertising. “We invite people to consider joining their local unit as a way for them to give back to the community and serve their country, and this event will help us do just that”