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THIRD INTERNATIONAL HUMAN-POWERED SUBMARINE RACE OFFICIALLY CHOOSES FORT LAUDERDALE

 THIRD INTERNATIONAL HUMAN-POWERED SUBMARINE RACE
 OFFICIALLY CHOOSES FORT LAUDERDALE
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The choice of Fort Lauderdale as the new headquarters and location of the International Submarine Races was announced today by the H.A. Perry Foundation and Florida Atlantic University. The third biennial race will be held June 16-27, 1993.
 The announcement came jointly from Nancy Hussey, executive director of the H.A. Perry Foundation, and Dr. Stanley Dunn, chairman of the Department of Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. Previously, the race was held as Singer Island.
 "This is an exciting day for us," said Hussey. "The officials of Fort Lauderdale have rolled out the welcome mat for us, and we're glad to be here. The races will bring some of the most talented and creative young engineers in the world to Fort Lauderdale next year. We have every reason to believe this will be our most successful event yet."
 "The submarine races provide an excellent opportunity for developing and testing the best and brightest international minds in ocean engineering," said Dunn. "This event is a unique vehicle for allowing young scholars to put the theories of the classroom to the test. We believe it is also a very strong signal to the world that Florida is an increasingly important center for all the disciplines of advanced ocean technology that are essential for maintaining this nation's global competitiveness."
 Hussey said the 1991 race was covered extensively by news media throughout the world, including CNN, the Discovery Channel and television networks from the U.S., France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan. All major newspapers, wire services and magazines covered the event, and media from competing teams' hometowns were kept abreast of race developments by the Subrace News Bureau.
 The 1993 event will be the largest by far in the race's history, with more than 140 teams expressing interest in competing. Dunn and Hussey said the final size of the field would be established through a technical elimination process. Contestants are expected from the United States, Canada and Europe. Teams from as far away as Japan and Russia have requested entry information.
 Race founder H.A. Perry, president of the foundation, is committed to the concept of encouraging new discoveries in marine science and technology, said Hussey. Perry is a Palm Beach businessman.
 Sponsors include IBM, Martin Marietta and the Host Committee of Fort Lauderdale. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will also be providing staff assistance.
 The Host Committee is a public/private partnership including the leadership of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Marine Industries Association, Whitbread Round the World Race Committee, the hospitality industry, Florida Atlantic University Foundation and a coalition of community leaders.
 Host Committee Chairman Richard Kip of Southern Bell said the Committee will work to expand the 1993 race, increase its visibility to regional and worldwide media, focus public attention on Florida Atlantic University as an international center of high technology education, and stage a series of activities in the coming year to promote the race and build community support.
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 /CONTACT: Jeanne Sullivan of Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 305-527-8775/ CO: International Submarine Races ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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