Fifty eight students from American, Canadian and British universities are set to compete against each other in just over a week’s time when they take part in the inaugural European International Submarine Races (eISR) being held 25-29 June in Europe’s largest freshwater tank – QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin at Gosport, England.
Each of the 8-strong teams (plus support personnel), three from the USA, two from Canada, and one from the UK have designed and built their submarines which will be piloted by a SCUBA wearing team member who pedals the craft around the 175 metre course, putting academic learning into practice and competing for the overall prize which is determined by a formula combining design, manufacture, and performance on the racecourse. Performance will be measured objectively, by a panel of judges headed by Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill, based on the daily top speeds and least faults. The awards dinner on 29 June will be held in the Wardroom at the Royal Navy’s HMS Collingwood naval base in Gosport where Rear Admiral Simon Lister, the UK MOD Director Submarines will present the awards and speak at the dinner.
On Wednesday 27 June, the eISR is staging an open day, when visitors can not only see the races taking place (building to the grand final on 29 June), but take advantage of additional features – underwater technology master-classes and a graduate fair, followed by a barbecue at the nearby Diving Museum.
With the theme ‘The Engineering Challenges that were in my Inbox Last Month’, the master-classes have a keynote address at 09.00 by Professor David Lane of Heriot-Watt University with topics being covered during the day including Experimental Ship Science; Underwater Electronics: ROV/AUV Operations; Rescue Submarines; Submarine Design; Sonar Engineering; Ship Safety; and Underwater Mechatronics; and Underwater Technology in Defence.
Graduate fair participants include QinetiQ, Lloyd’s Register, Reson, BMT Defence Services; James Fisher Defence; Rolls Royce Submarines; Atlas Elektronik; The Royal Navy; Braemer Howells and Ultra Electronics.
Sarah Kenny, Managing Director of QinetiQ Maritime said: “I am delighted to be hosting such a prestigious event at the QinetiQ Haslar site. The European International Submarine race event is an excellent opportunity to showcase engineering and naval design talent, spanning international boundaries, in the world-renowned home of naval hydrodynamics. I wish all the teams the best of luck in their endeavours.”
There is a £20 charge to cover the master-classes, graduate fair, races, lunch and the barbecue. Registration in advance is essential as QinetiQ’s is a secure site www.subrace.eu/masterclasses.
The eISR is sponsored/supported by Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), QinetiQ, The Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME), The Society for Underwater Technology, Atlas Elektronik, James Fisher Defence, the BMT Group The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, UK NEST, Reson, Braemar Howells and Ultra Electronics.
Further information on all aspects of the eISR is available from www.subrace.eu