The UVic Submarine Racing Club

The UVSRC competed in its first submarine race, the European International Submarine Race (eISR) in Gosport England from the 3rd to 12th July 2018.  Since eISR, we have updated our design and recently returned from the International Submarine Races (ISR) in Maryland, USA. Below you can see our Board of Directors and Engineering Leads who are chiefly responsible for the club throughout the year.


The Board
Chinook II

Chinook II is our competition vessel for the 15th International Submarine Races. She was first made in 2017 for the European International Submarine Races and has been updated over the past year. The Hull of the submarine was made using a CNC machined mold, and a fiberglass layup. Chinook’s hull conveniently breaks down into 4 separate pieces. This allows for easy repairs and transport. While it might look cramped, the submarine is large enough to accommodate pilots up to the 95th percentile in height. The pilot powers Chinook II with bicycle cranks, a chain drive, and 2 sets of 2 counter-rotating propellers. The propeller blades themselves are 3D printed, with an internal CNC’d aluminum shank, and a carbon fiber wrap for incredible stiffness and strength. Chinook II uses a set of aft-mounted rudders and dive planes to control her depth and heading. These controls surfaces have been optimized using computational fluid dynamics, as well as biomimicry; the leading edge bumps are inspired by the Humpback whales tubercles. The pilot can actuate the rudders using mechanical cables and handlebars that turn similar to a bicycle. The depth is controlled manually by twisting the handlebars, just like a motorcycle throttle. Chinook II also has the ability to actuate her dive planes electronically. This allows for autonomous depth control. Using a pressure sensor and a control algorithm, Chinook II has the ability to automatically seek a set depth. This means one less thing for the pilot to worry about, and allows them to focus outputting as much power as possible. If the pilot wishes, the autonomous control can easily be manually overridden with the flip of a switch. To ensure maximum safety, Chinook II is equipped with a dead man's switch. If the pilot stops holding the controls, a safety buoy is released and floats to the surface to signal the dive team to initiate a rescue. To remove the pilot, the entire front quarter and dome of the submarine can be released with the push of a button.

Michael Gingras
Spencer Funk
Vice-President & Race Captain

Michael is a third-year mechanical engineering student and part-time naval reservist at HMCS Malahat. He currently works in the mechanical design department at Babcock Canada on co-op. He also plays for the Babcock Blues Hockey team as a guest.

            By summer 2019, he will complete his Naval Environmental Training Package and some Marine Technician training through the Navy. He applies his communication skills and club experience to his role as President. Through the UVSRC he completed his PADI Open-Water Diver Certificate so he can dive with the submarine.

 Spencer is a third-year mechanical engineering student at UVic. He’s very interested in marine engineering and is enjoying learning more about it through the UVSRC. Spencer is the Vice-President and excels in organizing CAD files as well as deliverables for the club. Spencer is also an active member of the propulsion team and was the first propulsion lead last in 2018.

Sophie Sacilotto Busines Director & Treasurer
Jaryd Middleton
Chief Engineer & Primary Pilot

This is Sophie! She is a second-year history major. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, she is the clubs business lead. As the business lead she overseas all non- engineering aspects of the club like sponsorship and financing. Through years of volunteering for the British Columbia Youth Parliament, she has gained valuable knowledge that has helped her grow the clubs business section. This year Sophie is hoping to be able to fully fund the team's innovative projects to make sure they do the best they can at the next competition! 

Jaryd is a third-year mechanical engineering student with extensive design, manufacturing and piloting experience in the demanding field of human-powered submarine racing.   His passion for marine engineering and aquatic athletics emerged from years of sailing, diving, lifeguarding, competitive swimming, advanced freediving, and water polo.
Jaryd was one of the first to join the Uvic Submarine Racing Club and he has piloted at all testing events and both competitions since the club’s inception.  This comprehensive understanding of submarine dynamics, in addition to three work placements in design consulting and manufacturing environments, has equipped him for the role of Chief Engineer.

Liam Scott-Moncrieff
Electrical Section Lead
Garret Reid
Mechanical Section Lead & Dive Master 

Liam is a third-year electrical engineering student interested in marine engineering and control systems. Liam has co-op experience in agricultural control systems and grid management technology. Liam also brings leadership experience from his work with the Uvic Engineering Students’ Society and from his position on the officer team of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students.

         The electrical systems team works closely with the steering and controls team to integrate automatic control systems into the submarine; ultimately increasing stability and allowing the pilot to concentrate on other tasks. A life-long sailor, Liam hopes to use this experience to find a niche at the intersection of high-performance sailing and control-systems technology.

Garrett is a third-year mechanical engineering student and has had co-ops manufacturing and refurbishing mining equipment, as well as in the HVAC industry. His involvement in the club has really solidified his interest in the marine industry. Garrett is the mechanical lead, and as such he hopes to direct his team towards providing smooth functioning mechanical systems for the submarine. He is also moving into his second year as the dive lead, organizing the divers to achieve neutral buoyancy of the submarine to have a smooth run.

Ben Markwick
Hydrodynamics Section Lead
Charlie Poulsom
Safety Lead

Ben Markwick is a third year mechanical engineering student with a passion for marine and aerospace engineering. Ben has been a member of the club since its inception in 2017 and was responsible for the design of the drive train support system alongside Tobin Huffman. Ben has Co-op experience running a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis project and coordinating a large scale construction project. He hopes to bring these leadership skills as well as his knowledge of fluid dynamics to the role of Hydrodynamics lead to help motivate his team to create innovative solutions to any problems that arise on the submarine. Ben has also completed his PADI Open-Water Diver Certificate and has piloted the submarine.

Charlie is a second-year mechanical engineering student with a passion for marine technology and design. He has experience working in Alberta’s energy sector and will be spending time with the Commissioning team at Babcock Canada in the Spring of 2020. Charlie is to ensure that safety protocols are being followed during the production of the submarine and that each member of the team remains safe. He also has a strong background in CAD and works under Garrett in the Mechanical section of the club.

Dive Team

The dive team consists of 4 divers, Garrett Reid, Spencer Funk, Ben Markwick, Tobin Huffman and a pilot, Jayrd Middleton. Each diver must have their open water diving certification as well as 10 additional dives after their certification to participate in the eISR competition. As a goal, the team aims for the divers to have at least 5 additional dives to participate in the ISR competition and to feel confident in the water around the submarine.

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