The first human-powered International Submarine Race TM (ISR) was held in 1989 at Singer Island off Riveria Beach, Florida and drew 17 boats. ISR 2 grew to 35 sub team entries in 1991. ISR 3 in 1993 off Ft. Lauderdale drew 44 submarine teams. The 1995 design competition, ISR 4, was the first in a controlled environment. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, David Taylor Model Basin in Bethesda, Maryland became the host of the submarine races. Eleven entries competed. ISR 5 at Carderock in 1997, drew 16 submarine teams.
Each team must develop a one or two-person "Wet" submarine. Two-person subs must have one person providing the propulsion and the other navigating and steering. Both crew members breathe SCUBA from the air supply carried aboard. Each sub is unique, designed from "scratch," and relies upon novel techniques for propulsion and guidance.
Intelligent Decisions was proud to be a Gold level sponsor of the 2011 International Submarine Races. In addition, ID also be sponsored a special innovation award for participants. We are looking forward to participating again in 2013.