Due to visitor restrictions at the QinetiQ site, it will not be possible this year for the public to come to the races, so instead, the races are coming to the public! A special Open Day is being planned for the afternoon of the middle Saturday at the Hilsea Lido in Portsmouth. Visitors will be able to see all of the submarines and meet the teams who designed and built them.

Early Saturday morning, the student teams will set up with their submarines on the deck of the Hilsea Lido pool. A big part of engineering is communication, and this event is an opportunity for the students to show off the hard work they’ve put into the design and construction of their unique machines. Visitors can get a feel for the cramped and mentally challenging conditions the pilots face when locked and loaded into their machines, and learn about the propulsion and efficiency challenges the teams have had to overcome to get their boats to the starting line.

During the course of the afternoon, there will be some demonstration events in the pool itself, as the students test, practice and refine their starting strategies and the performance of their propulsion systems before the racing starts on Monday. Submarine racing is perhaps not the most amenable spectator sport, so there will be cameras and giant screen televisions to show the activity happening under the surface!

Sponsor companies will also be displaying on site. Visitors to the Open Day will also have the opportunity to speak with the sponsors about the underwater work they do and what a career in marine engineering is all about.

Gates open at 12:30 and close at 17:00. Admission is free. Kids are welcome!

Submarine Museum Pictures