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Stephen Colbert to sail the high seas

Stephen Colbert, pictured here in Washington in October 2010, is planning to sail from Charleston to Bermuda in May.
Stephen Colbert, pictured here in Washington in October 2010, is planning to sail from Charleston to Bermuda in May.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stephen Colbert to undertake 777-mile sailing voyage in May
  • He will participate in Charleston Bermuda Race, event organizers say
  • Comedian tells ocean: "Brace yourself"
  • Colbert has been designated Honorary Captain of the Fleet
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(CNN) -- Call him Captain Colbert. Comedian and TV host Stephen Colbert is headed for the high seas.

Colbert will take part in the 777-mile Charleston Bermuda Race in May, organizers of the event have announced.

"The ocean has had a free ride for too long. Well, it has to deal with me now. Brace yourself, Atlantic!" Colbert, the host of American political satire show "The Colbert Report," said in a statement Friday.

Event organizers have designated Colbert, who is a native of Charleston, S.C., Honorary Captain of the Fleet.

The Charleston Bermuda Race is described by organizers as a "romp through subtropical waters." This year's competition will begin May 21 from Charleston Harbor.

Held every two years, the first-to-finish in Bermuda competition is open to sailors with boats that are at least 30-feet long.

Colbert, who took part in the race in 2005, will compete in one of race sponsor OnDeck's 65-foot ocean-racing yachts.

OnDeck is presenting the race with the South Carolina Maritime Foundation and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.