For comedian Stephen Colbert and his crewmates on board the OnDeck Farr 65 The Spirit of Juno, the 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 Colbert Nation and his fellow crew members couldn't muster enough speed to catch Tucana.
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. But 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 a.m. EDT Saturday.
Meanwhile, the next boat expected to arrive was Noel Sterrett's J/130 Solarus, sailing in the Doublehanded Division with Matt Henderson as crew.
College of Charleston freshman Dena O'Brien came up short in her bid to qualify for the NCAA track championships in the 5,000-meter run at the East Regional preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind. O'Brien ran a 16 minutes, 35.63 seconds to place 10th in her heat. The top five finishers in each of the two heats plus the next two fastest times qualified.
O'Brien is the third College of Charleston athlete to compete in an NCAA regional.
David Zabriskie won the U.S. pro cycling time trial championship for a fifth time. He won the title by 31 seconds, completing the 20.7-mile course in Greenville in 40:23.5. Tom Zirbel was second. Zabriskie won four titles in a row from 2006 to 2009 before sitting out 2010.
Brittany Young scored 19 points and Jontell Johnson added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Charleston Fire over Raleigh-Durham Sting, 58-57, in a women's pro game in Raleigh. The Fire (3-0) will host the Winston-Salem Warcats on June 4 at 2 p.m.