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Gosport hosts the European International Submarine Races

The European International Submarine Races came to Gosport recently which saw university students from around the world competing.

The European International Submarine Races descended onto Gosport on Wednesday 11th July which saw teams of university students from across the globe putting their skills to the test in QinetiQ's Ocean Basin facility.

The rules of the sport are straightforward: teams must design, build and race flooded submarines piloted by a scuba diver, who is fully enclosed within the hull of the machine. All propulsive power must be provided by the diver during the race, but otherwise the designs are left open to the limits of their imagination.

This year's race holds a special significance as 2018 is the 'UK Year of Engineering' which aims to increase the pool of highly-skilled and creative graduates available to meet the evergrowing industry needs.

Speaking about the competition, Head Judge Sir Robert Hill said: "This is the toughest university project in the world.

"It's the hardest thing to design a submarine and make it, and then pilot it around a difficult course."

Whilst Southampton didn't have any representation at the event, some members of the Southampton team did decide to come along to the event to help out.

Speaking about his decision to volunteer, Gareth Caine said: With all the companies coming it's good exposure so we can see where the industry is going and what's over the horizon."


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