WASUB VII Race preparations
The race dates are getting closer and closer: only a month left! From the 25th of June until the 30th of June we will be in Washington. There, we will finally be able to show the world what we have built this year. In these 5 days, we want to separate ourselves from the other teams by setting a record and winning prizes in the non-propellor category. We are now working on the final touches and perfecting our systems. We have a few tests left and hope everything will work perfectly before we leave for D.C.! The team is very enthusiastic and we can not wait until the race days are finally there. The first team members are leaving the 16th of June to welcome the WASUB VII when it arrives in Washington. In the days leading up to and during the races, we will keep you up-to-date by posting on social media and our website. We can use all the support from the Netherlands so do not hesitate to send us a message!
The second run the pilot took some more chances and tried to push the WASUB to its limits. Unfortunately during this run, due to the high speed, the WASUB started to roll because of the high speed and on the second lap the sub hit the first and second timing gate.
To celebrate our achievements during the last two weeks there will be an awards dinner this evening. At this dinner the awards will be handed over to the teams that accomplished feats during the eISR. We already know we accomplished all our goals of this year very successfully, and the awards will be the lasting memorial to this great experience for the team.
Thank you all for following us during our adventure, we had a blast!
Unfortunately during the second run the WASUB crashed due to some issues with the servo box. After lunch we were ready for another attempt, but then again there were problems with the servo box and the fins. We really pushed our WASUB hard, resulting in some more repairs in the afternoon.
The WASUB will be fixed by tomorrow for the agility competition. This is a challenging, longer course with lots of obstacles including a so-called handbrake turn. Only the most reliable boats can compete in this competition, and the WASUB is one of them. Tomorrow we will try to achieve even more impressive results than today on this last day of the races. Stay tuned!
The third lap was quite a journey. Two things were really exiting about this lap. First of all the shoe came loose again. Second, the pilot missed a slalom pole, so he decided to go back and try it again. Because of this small detour the third lap took 134.3 seconds. We did however win the “Ocean Explorer” award for our extensive tour of the basin.
The last time before lunch was a real success! We were pretty careful to make sure the shoe wouldn’t get loose again. The WASUB and pilot managed to finish the lap in 71.8 seconds with a speed of 6.8 knots! This was the record of today!
After lunch it was time for our second pilot, Robin van der Sande. He was told not to go too fast, since it was his first run on the altered course with slalom. Still he went quite fast, he sailed with a speed of 6.0 knots and finished the lap in 77.1 seconds.
Later today we are going to the submarine museum with all the other teams. It sounds pretty exciting. The teams get a change to be in a submarine. Tomorrow is another race day and hopefully WASUB will beat the record of 6.9 knots this basin.
Luckily, WASUB had a third chance in the morning and this time it went amazing. We finished the lap in just 71.4 seconds with a speed of 6.1 knots. The engineers told the pilot, Bram Bronswijk, to go slowly so it wouldn’t be a huge disaster if he crashed to the bottom. So Bram tried to go slowly, but the WASUB and Bram were in great shape today so they couldn’t go much slower than 6.1 knots.
After lunch it was time for some test runs as these did not count for the race. This time Robin van der Sande had the honour to be the pilot of the WASUB VI. This run was also a great success, we finished the lap in 69.6 seconds with a speed of 5.5 knots. This would set the track record of this day.
Tonight the team will visit the diving museum. Here the team can learn everything about the history of diving. Tomorrow there will be another race day with an even more narrow slalom. So tomorrow will be a new challenge.
The first round was pretty fast. We sailed with a speed of 5.4 knots, but because of the fin problem the WASUB missed two timing gates, so the team got 8 faults on that run. Still the WASUB and pilot, Bram Bronswijk, managed to finish the round in just 82 seconds! In the second round we hit a speed of 5.9 knots, which at the end of the day is the fastest during this race yet!
Tomorrow is another race day and the team hopes to go faster and finish the lap without any faults, the problems we had today will be fixed by then. In the morning we will be the first to start again.