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“Spirit of Juno” Finishes Second in the Charleston to Bermuda Race.

Our intrepid sailer returned to dry land in the early hours of Saturday morning. Despite being a little bit frazzled from his adventure Stephen managed to stop for this brief interview with Shelly Warters from Ondeck Sailing … and no doubt to tease the fangirls with his scruffy beard!!

(Thanks to gentoo for the clip)

Colbert and “Spirit of Juno” Finish but Fall Short.

For Stephen Colbert and his crewmates on board the OnDeck Farr 65 The Spirit of Juno, the 2011 Charleston Bermuda Race came down to the wire. Colbert and company spent most of the last six days sailing neck and neck with their closet rival, the Shipman 63 Tucana. During the final 10 hours of action, the victory slipped from their grasp. It was a case of too little too late as the leader of Colbert Nation and his fellow crew couldn’t muster enough speed to catch Tucana.

Yesterday evening, Tucana crossed the finish line just east of St. Georges Channel on Bermuda at 7:46:12 p.m. EDT. At the time, Spirit of Juno was roughly 25 miles behind her, well within striking distance. With the respective handicap ratings factored in (Tucana rates -54 and Juno rates -33) the Shipman owes the Farr time, roughly 4.5 hours on this course, and that differential would determine the final standings. Unfortunately for Colbert and company, the winds moderated after sunset, and the Spirit of Juno wasn’t able to maintain sufficient speed to arrive at the line in time. She finished at approximately 4:00 a.m. EDT today.

The crew on board Spirit of Juno spent their initial hours on Bermuda in St. Georges Harbor, awaiting daylight. They then proceeded to motor to Hamilton Harbor and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club where, after clearing customs, Colbert was expected to talk with the media about his voyage.

Source: ChalresBermudaRace.com

  1. colbaby
    May 29, 2011 at 5:24 AM

    Aw, he’s downright exhausted there. Too bad about coming in second. Was Jon Stewart helming the Tucana?


    • karenatasha
      May 29, 2011 at 6:57 AM

      Colbaby — LOL! Love the line about Jon.


  2. gratefull
    May 29, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Scruffy … YAAAAAAA!

    He is using the term “sublime” again … and “not much sleep” … and “wanted to get here a little earlier” … can’t wait to hear all about it!!!

    Saw the sea sickness patch behind his ear … hope that wasn’t a hassle … someone give that man a Dark-n-Stormy … hope the room doesn’t spin again …

    Welcome back to land, Mr. C … hope you have your landlegs


  3. iwaspromisedpancakes
    May 29, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Even with the exhaustion and seasickness and popeye-esque scruffy beard, Stephen still looks hot.


  4. proudsnapist
    May 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Wow…he’s amazing. ❤

    Thanks for the report!


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