A South Surrey man who, as a boy, spent a chunk of his school years sailing the world, has taken his education to a deeper level, competing for submarine honours in England.
Jaryd Middleton, now 21, is a pilot on a 10-member University of Victoria team at the European International Submarine Race (eISR) underway in Gosport.
The fourth-annual event – which wraps up tomorrow (Friday) – challenges students to “race their human-powered submarines against the clock around a demanding slalom course in a unique sporting and engineering challenge,” according to the event website.
The students had to design and build a vessel that is neither watertight or pressurized, with room for just a pilot inside. They could be innovative, as long as the pilot was fully enclosed within the machine’s hull, and was the only source of propulsion power.
Middleton, who studies mechanical engineering at UVic, was surprised by how comfortable he felt inside the sub.
“I thought it was going to be a little more claustrophobic than it is, but you’ve got this really great little nose dome at the front that you can see out of,” he told U.K. media.
His mom Marilyn
is confident the sailing the family embarked on – which took them as far as Malaysia when her son was 11 – has contributed to his success so far.
“I’m proud of him,” she said. “The cruising that we did in those four years played a large role in the person he’s become.”