Sailing Just Got Funnier: Colbert to Compete in Charleston Bermuda Race

Stephen Colbert is going to sea. That’s right, the admiral of the airwaves and leader of Colbert Nation is gearing up for adventure. Renowned as the host and executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” Colbert announced that he plans to join friends and fellow sailors in Charleston, South Carolina, later this spring when they set sail in the biennial Charleston Bermuda Race on May 21, 2011.

A native Charlestonian, Colbert says he’s eagerly looking forward to the voyage, adding, “The ocean has had a free ride for too long. Well, it has to deal with me now. Brace yourself, Atlantic!”

The Charleston Bermuda Race is open to the owners of monohull and multihull sailboats who are willing to embrace the adventure of a 777-mile romp through subtropical waters to the beautiful island of Bermuda.

Colbert will command his carefully selected crew on board one of three OnDeck, 65′ ocean-racing yachts that will compete for first-to-finish in Bermuda. According to Race Director Bjorn Johnson, all of the competitors will have to contend with some major obstacles. “Tricky weather patterns can make the race challenging, and the Gulf Stream – just 50 miles offshore – has eddies and currents that can confound even the most experienced navigator.”

For Colbert, this eighth running of the Charleston Bermuda Race will be his second time competing in the event. He and a cadre of friends participated in the 2005 edition of this race. As a longtime adventurist, the 46-year-old Colbert says he enjoys sharing the camaraderie and friendly competition of this blue water challenge.

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