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Industry Powerboat Challenge 2018


Over the past 10 years QinetiQ has held a variety of successful annual Power Boat challenges. Last week saw the Haslar Ocean Basin host the annual Industry Powerboat Challenge.

Industry Powerboat Challenge 2018

The event attracted teams from the UK Ministry of Defence and wider UK defence industry who were challenged to design, build and race a remote control model powerboat.

Jon Bayliss, Integrated Delivery Team Leader at our Haslar site, said:

“With QinetiQ supporting the Year in Engineering, with a focus in February on creativity and inspiration, this event is a great way to get industry excited and considering ‘something different’. The teams’ use and gain new skills when researching and building their model powerboat, in areas including naval architecture, physics and electronics. The industry competition also provides an excellent opportunity for us to ‘showcase’ our unique facilities and raise wider awareness of our capabilities”.

This year’s event was attended by a number of Industry Partners and included for the first time, the CEMAST Centre - a local college supporting Marine Engineering Students. A total of 11 teams competed, racing in heats with the victors being put through their paces in a three staged final. Four boats competed against each other each time for a total of 13 races, each boat collecting points for coming 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Points are added up with each team being categorised into three finals depending on total point score. Some 60 representatives from all competing teams were in attendance.

Powerboat challenge team 2018
This year’s winners were:
  • First Place: Aqua Pheonix a QinetiQ entry from Joel Edney
  • Second place: Blue Calypso from Graduate team at BAE Barrow-in-Furness
  • Third place: Rapid Prototype another QinetiQ entry from Chris Mewse and Charlie Pope

Chris Richardsen, Principal Consultant Experimental Hydrodynamics, said:

“The challenge provides a rare opportunity for those already involved in engineering and science to address technical challenges of designing, building and racing a small model powerboat. The event is always great fun, with boats colliding or sinking – the competitive spirit is alive and well. All part of the design process need to be thought about and the competition really brings science and engineering to life. It’s always great to see ‘returning’ teams keen to ‘hone their designs’ as well as welcome new teams who never fail to impress”.

The Year of Engineering

2018 is the Year of Engineering; a year-long government-led campaign encouraging industry partners to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession. The campaign supports events and initiatives across the UK, which will give young people an inspiring experience of modern engineering and showcase the variety of career paths available.

We are a Year of Engineering partner and will be actively participating in engaging young people, teachers, youth groups and parents about the broad range of engineering careers and the opportunities available.