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NZ sub takes out top place in Euro race

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

The three-metre long University of Auckland Taniwha submarine © Youtube/RNZ The three-metre long University of Auckland Taniwha submarine Submarines filled with water don't usually conjure images of success, but it did the trick for a team of international submarine racers from Auckland.

The three-metre long University of Auckland Taniwha beat nine other teams to take out the grand prize in the European International Submarine Race in Gosport, England.

Bio-engineering Institute PhD student Chris Walker piloted the water-filled three metre sub while, using a scuba device to breathe, during a week of timed trials.

He led his team of six students and professors to victory with a result of 4.67 knots, putting them just 0.3 of a knot outside the world record for a non-propeller single pilot sub.

"This is pretty fast for a human to propel a mass of about 700kg of sub in enclosed water," team leader Iain Anderson said.

"New Zealand has proven to the world that Taniwha is a top sub with a top team."

The team, the only one from the Southern Hemisphere, also took out the awards for most reliable sub and best non-propeller powered sub.

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