The race is on! To celebrate its 50 Years of Scholarships in 2010, Dolphin Scholarship Foundation is planning several special events. The kick-off event in 2008 will honor the 50th anniversary of the voyage of USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571) under the Arctic ice. Called the “Race to the North Pole,” this unique fundraising event will allow all submariners, past and present, to honor NAUTILUS and their own favorite U.S. submarine.
The historic voyage of USS NAUTILUS to 90· North originated from Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 23, 1958. Approximately 4500 nautical miles later, on August 3, 1958, CDR William R. Anderson, Commanding Officer, announced to the crew, “For the world, our country, and the Navy – the North Pole.” USS NAUTILUS made the first transpolar voyage by a ship in history.
This is a virtual race; submarines will not_actually get underway. Thus, any U.S. Navy submarine, whether commissioned, decommissioned, still on patrol, nuclear or diesel powered is eligible to enter. The first submarine to travel 4500 NM and reach the North Pole will win this virtual race. One (1) nautical mile will be awarded for each dollar donated to Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and credited to a submarine designated by the donor.
The race officially begins April 11, 2008, and ends August 3, 2008. All donations for the race must be received by August 3, 2008. Money may be donated by individuals, active commands, groups (such as reunion groups, wardrooms or Chiefs’ Quarters) or corporations. For more information, contact Dolphin Scholarship Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757) 671-3200.