Scene is set for the 2nd European Human-Powered Submarine Races

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With just over a week to go before the 2nd European International Submarine Races are held in Europe’s biggest covered water freshwater space, the countdown has begun in earnest.

Ten teams of university students from six countries – Canada, Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands, UK and USA, and from three continents will be competing in the week long engineering and sporting challenge at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin which, at 122m x 61m is as wide and long as an international soccer pitch, and is 5.5m deep. The submarines – be they designed and built (by the students) for one person or a two-man team are powered by the pilot, or pilots, pedalling them fully submerged around a challenging slalom course and wearing SCUBA gear.

The judges, headed by Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill will be judging them on overall speed, on the week’s top speed, and on agility, innovation and on the best presentation. Full information on the course; and on the awards is at .

Teams and submarine names

Teams competing for the 2014 awards are: École Polytechnique de Montréal, and École de Technologie Supérieure from Canada; Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences from Germany; University of Delft from the Netherlands; University of Auckland from New Zealand; University of Michigan and University of Washington from the USA; and three teams from the UK with University of Bath, University of Plymouth, and University of Warwick.

Their submarines (in university order) are Archimède, Omer 9, Inia, WASUB 4, Taniwha, Odyssey, Laurie Belle, Menrva, Mayflower, and HPS Shakespeare.

Open Day at eISR

On Wednesday 9 July, the eISR plays host to a Graduate Fair and series of Master Classes, which are open to all, with a stimulating range of speakers including Huw James, the adventurer, astronomer and outdoors enthusiast, who will wrap up the day (full programme attached).

The evening before will see an IMarEST Stanley Gray Lecture ‘Vision, Calamity and Perseverance: From Early Submarines to Autonomous Submersible’ being given by Gwyn Griffiths, Principal & Founder, Autonomous Analytics, takes place to coincide with one of the eISR networking events being held at the RN Submarine Museum, Gosport. Admission to the Open Day is free of charge to all, but registration at is imperative. To register for the IMarEST Stanley Gray Lecture is also free to attend, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – further information at

The eISR is sponsored by QinetiQ, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Babcock Group, BMT Defence Services, and James Fisher Defence.