From 3 - 13 July 2018, university teams from around the world will travel to QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Gosport, UK to compete in the fourth biennial European International Submarine Races. This unique engineering and sporting challenge has students design, build and race human-powered submarines in a demanding underwater slalom course.
There are only 12 places on the starting line, and the competition began eleven months ago as teams vied to qualify for those coveted starting spots. 18 teams from Europe, the US and Canada powered through countless sleepless nights to design, build and test their submarines. The twelfth spot was hard-won: in the design equivalent of a photo-finish, three teams cleared the last of the reporting hurdles almost simultaneously - cries of joy and anguish went up across Europe as the Final Twelve were announced. Four Canadian, five American, and three European teams from the Netherlands, Germany and Poland will compete in July for the eISR cup, a carved glass sculpture depicting Alexander the Great testing the world's first submarine in the Bosporus.
1: Technical University of Delft; Wasub 8
2: Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; Archimede 6
3: Florida Atlantic University; HPS Atlantic
4: University of Victoria; Chinook
5: Ecole de Technologie Superieure; Omer 11
6: Technical University of Gdansk; Nautilus
7: University of Michigan; Bluefin
8: Rhine Waal University; Rivershark
9: University of British Columbia; Skookumchuk 4
10: Texas A&M University; Hullabalooga
11: University of California, San Diego; Vaquita
12: University of Washington; Knotty Dawg
The excitement of the races draws talented engineers into the marine sector and cultivates the essential skills, such as leadership, problem-solving and working to strict deadlines, they will eventually require in their careers. The event also helps create a larger pool of highly-skilled and creative graduates to meet industry needs.
An Open Day is being held in parallel to the competition and both events support the UK government's Year of Engineering 2018. The Open Day includes fun interactive science and engineering activities for kids and a marine engineering-themed Careers Fair for older students. There will be backstage opportunities to meet the student teams and see how a submarine works up close.
The European International Submarine Races and associated Open Day are the IMarEST’s flagship student event. The 2018 races are sponsored by QinetiQ, Defence Equipment & Support, Babcock International, BAE Systems, National Oceanography Centre, Society for Underwater Technology and MLA College and is supported by Royal Navy, Marine Society, Sea Cadets UK and Incredible Oceans.