The team’s WASUB VII, which will compete in the non-propeller or alternative class.


A team of students from three Dutch universities will compete in the 14th Annual International Submarine Races at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, June 25-30.

The team of 25 students from the Delft University of Technology, The Hague University, and the Vrije University of Amsterdam hope to build upon their successful run in 2015. Two years ago at Carderock, the Dutch team, piloting WASUB V, set a world speed record for propeller-driven, human-powered submarines. This year, WASUB VII will compete in the non-propeller or alternative class with the goal of breaking the non-propeller world speed record.

WASUB VII represents a design departure from previous TU Delft WASUB vehicles. The submarine uses a new propulsion system that resembles a whale’s tail to propel the vessel. The team also designed a drivetrain to convert the pedaling motion of the pilot to the vertical motion of the fins. Previous versions of WASUB vehicles used a typical propeller to move the submarine.

International Submarine Races

The International Submarine Races are a biannual competition in which college students from around the world compete in human-powered submarines. Organized by the Foundation for Underwater Research & Education, and hosted by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, the races were created to counter a shortfall of students in the ocean and marine engineering and science fields.

Dutch teams first participated in the races in 2005, and have won categories including one-person propeller, slalom, best design and best production.

Members of the media who would like to attend the International Submarine Races must email Kristen Behrle. For information about the team, contact Diede Besseling from the WASUB team at 31-6-11-974-122 or Carla Bundy from the Royal Netherlands Embassy at 202-274-2632.

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