The Comedy Central star and leader of the Colbert Nation, Stephen Colbert, joined the President of Audi of America at the 2011 New York Auto Show to announce the formation of Team Audi in the biennial 2011 Charleston Bermuda Race.
“If you're going to win a race, you want to be in an Audi,” exclaimed Colbert. “I tried bolting a mast to an S5 cabriolet and took her for spin in the harbor, and the results were, well... moist! So I decided if I couldn’t sail an Audi, I would ask them to sponsor my boat.”
Taking the lead as “Morale Officer”, Colbert and the yacht’s crew will set sail on May 21 in a 65ft ocean-racing yacht dubbed, ‘The Audi’. The spinnaker sail will feature the recognizable Audi rings.
This year will mark Colbert’s second-time competing in the 777-mile racing event, and his first as Honorary Captain of the Fleet.
"We’re proud to support winning teams and are expecting nothing less than greatness from Stephen and Team Audi. Not to put too much pressure on them, but we’re looking forward to watching the team cross the finish line first this time around,” stated de Nysschen from Audi.
“Audi’s support in this race is the next best thing to putting a sail on my own Audi and sailing to victory,” Colbert stated. “’The Audi’ is a shoe-in to win!” Traveling around the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the Charleston Bermuda Race has been named one of the most challenging in the Western hemisphere. The biennial event kicks off in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, and will commence at the fleets’ arrival in Bermuda with a three-day celebration.