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VIDEO: Ready to run

After a few brief days of sea trials in Newport, R.I., the 100-foot pre-preg carbon racing wonder Comanche set sail for Charleston, S.C., the first leg of the passage to Sydney, Australia.

The recently launched rocket from Hodgdon Yachts in Maine was to meet a ship that will take her to Sydney for the Sydney to Hobart race in December.

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 are still being kept under wraps, racing skipper Ken Read has been wearing a rather broad smile lately. The boat is built specifically to set speed records.