‘Underwater bicycle’ submarines race it out in UK pool

GOSPORT, England (Reuters) – In a large pool in southern England this week, mini submarines have been taking part in an unusual race. Far from being diesel or nuclear vessels, they are powered by scuba divers pedaling furiously.

The fourth biennial European International Submarine Race in the town of Gosport has seen teams of university students build and race in a contest that mixes sport and engineering.

“It’s an underwater bicycle … Teams of engineers from all over the world have got to build a three meter-long streamline submarine that they have to propel with muscle power…

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