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ISR Award Winners

July 10, 2017

The 14th biannual International Submarine Races (ISR), sponsored by the Foundation for Underwater Research and Education (FURE), took place June 25 to 30 at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Bethesda, Maryland.

There were 22 boats from six countries: 12 boats from the U.S., four from Canada, three from the U.K., and one each from Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands. Twenty-one institutions participated.

The winner of the Overall Performance Award was Ecole de Technologie Superior's OMER X, which came with $1,000 along with a trophy.

First place for the Innovation Award went to Umptysquatch 8 of Sussex County Technical School for their use of a Schauberger turbine propulsion system, utilizing a 14-ft. lathe for manufacturing and having a rear-facing pilot using a forward-looking camera for steering.

Second place for Innovation went to Knotty Dawg of the University of Washington for using a two-school collaboration to construct their wooden hull, having a dorsal and ventral fin with ballast to prevent torque roll and a central chassis chain geometry.

Third place for Innovation went to Rivershark Mod 1 of Rhein Waal University of Applied Sciences for having a sonar-based autopilot system with artificial lateral-line speedometer and a mirage drive outboard propulsion system.

The winner of the Best Spirit Award was the OMER X team from Ecole de Technologie Superior.

The Smooth Operator Award for efficiency in the races went to Umptysquatch 8 of Sussex County Technical School.

The winner of Best Design Outline was Godiva 3 of the University of Warwick. This team also won the Best Use of Composites Award for using recycled carbon fiber.

The Absolute Speed winner, with a speed of 5.77 kt., was SUBLIME from Hernando County Schools, Springstead, Florida.

Look out for a full report on ISR in the September issue of Sea Technology.

SOURCE: Foundation for Underwater Research

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