The IMarEST has announced that the fifth European International Submarine Races will take place over a fortnight from 7 - 17 July 2020, with QinetiQ, a defence technology company, as the principal sponsor for the event.
The races are a unique sporting and engineering challenge which involve teams from universities across the world designing, building and racing human-powered submarines around a slalom course at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin, one of the world’s largest indoor freshwater tanks in Gosport, UK.
Omer 11 was the first human-powered submarine to be equipped with interchangeable propeller and non-propeller propulsion systems. The team started the week with a standard two-bladed propeller, then moved to an even more efficient single-bladed prop to clinch the top speed of the competition by a male pilot. Finally, they swapped in their biomimetic propulsion system, which was inspired by the wings of a penguin or sea-turtle, and with a speed of 4.94 knots, beat the world speed record, which had stood since 2009, in the "non-propeller" division.
Some of the university teams that have already expressed an interest in taking part in eISR 2020 include:
- University of Victoria (Canada)
- Rhine Waal University (Germany)
- University of Montreal (Canada)
- University of Warwick (UK)
- University of Gdańsk (Poland)
- TU Delft (Netherlands)
- University of Southampton (UK)
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email . You can find out more about the races at www.subrace.eu.