1986 Miller High Life Thunderboat Regatta

Thunderboat Regatta Begins Today on Mission Bay

SAN DIEGO -- The $125,000 Miller High Life Thunderboat Regatta starts today and runs through Sunday on Mission Bay. Miller American, 7-Eleven, Oh Boy! Oberto and last year’s winner, Miss Budweiser, will compete on the 2½-mile Bill Muncey Memorial Oval. Muncey, who was from San Diego, died in a hydroplane accident in Acapulco in 1981.

Qualifying rounds will start at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 10 a.m. Sunday. The finals will begin Sunday at noon. Three-day tickets are $15 and $20 for pit admission, and $8 for general admission. Children 12 and under are free.

Thunderboat Facts

The 23rd annual Miller High Life Thunderboat Regatta is the eighth race on the 1986 schedule for the Unlimited Racing Commission of the American Power Boat Assn.

When: Qualifying from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. today and Saturday. Qualifying from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, with heats at 10:05 a:m. and 12:35, 2:05 and 2:35 p.m.The Miller High Life Trophy Race begins at 4:10.

Where: The 37.5-mile race is held on a 2.5-mile oval course on Mission Bay. The course is one of the fastest on the circuit and provides additional problems for hydroplanes with turbine engines because of the bay's saltwater content.

Ticket gates are located at East Vacation Island and Fiesta Island. On Sunday only, tickets will also be sold at the entrance to Crown Point Shore. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day.


(Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, September 19, 1986)