Stephen Colbert is sure to mention Bermuda dozens of times on his TV show ahead of the Charleston Bermuda Race. *AFP Photo
Stephen Colbert is sure to mention Bermuda dozens of times on his TV show ahead of the Charleston Bermuda Race. *AFP Photo

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert is sailing to Bermuda.

The comedian is the host of the Colbert Report, which airs at 12:30pm Bermuda Time, 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.

Colbert, a native of Charleston, said on the race's official website: "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, presented by OnDeck in partnership with the South Carolina Maritime Foundation (SCMF) and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC), is one of the most challenging races in the Western hemisphere.

The event 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 be  board one of three OnDeck, 65-foot, 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.