After a few brief days of sea trials in Newport, Rhode Island, sailing yacht Comanche sets sail for Charleston, South Carolina, on the first leg of the passage to Sydney, Australia.

The weather in Newport during the sea trials and for the offshore passage south was anything but glorious, but by all accounts, the boat is already starting to deliver impressive performances.

Although Comanche's performance data is still being kept under wraps, racing skipper Ken Read has allegedly been wearing a rather broad smile lately.

The 100ft pre-preg carbon racing yacht was launched at Hodgdon's shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine, just a few weeks ago. With Comanche now officially on the way to Sydney, the yacht's first regatta will be the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, starting Boxing Day 2014.

"All of us at Hodgdon are proud to have been associated with this important build, and we wish Jim, Kristy, Kenny and the entire crew all the best for Sydney-Hobart and all of their racing ventures," said Hodgdon CEO Tim Hodgdon.

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