David Dodwell and Stephen Colbert.<em> *Photo supplied</em><br />
David Dodwell and Stephen Colbert. *Photo supplied

SATURDAY, JUNE 4: US comedian Stephen Colbert celebrated his second-place finish in the Charleston-Bermuda sailing race at the Reefs hotel on the south shore.

The satirical comic had been challenged by hotel boss David Dodwell to beat his own personal best – set in last year’s race.

Mr Colbert beat the time to earn a stay in one of the Reefs’ suites.

The hotel congratulated the comedian, saying in a statement on its website:

“Last month, David Dodwell challenged comedian Stephen Colbert to beat his (less-than-impressive) ranking in the previous Charleston Bermuda Race in this year’s much-anticipated sailing event.

“Colbert accepted the challenge, and won. In fact, Colbert and his crew almost took 1st place in the biennial sailing race across the Atlantic Ocean.

“It was a close finish between Colbert’s vessel, The Spirit of Juno, and the Tucana. In the end, after 777 miles, The Spirit of Juno couldn’t gather enough speed to catch Tucana.

“The impressive 2nd place standing earned Colbert bragging rights, as the “second greatest sailor in the world,” and a stay in one of The Reefs’ spacious Club Suites.

“Colbert collected from David Dodwell on the challenge upon arriving in Bermuda. After a grueling week at sea, The Reefs was an ideal spot for Colbert to enjoy some much-needed “R&R” with his family.

“Congratulations Stephen and the crew of The Spirit of Juno on a great race! We hope to welcome you all back soon.”