Published: Tuesday, 04 November 2014

After a few brief days of sea trials in Newport, Rhode Island, the Hodgon Yachts-built Comanche set sail for Charleston, South Carolina on the first leg of the passage to Sydney, Australia. 

The 100-foot Super Maxi was built for Jim Clark's attempt at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race record of 1 day, 18h, 23m, 12s set by Wild Oats XI (NSW) 2012. The race begins on Boxing Day.

Hodgdon 100ft Comanche Sets Sail For Sydney 

The weather in Newport during the seatrials 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 been wearing a rather broad smile lately.

Hodgdon 100ft Comanche Sets Sail For Sydney 1

The 100ft pre-preg carbon racing wonder was launched at Hodgdon's shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine, just a few short weeks ago.

"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," says CEO Tim Hodgdon. 

(Photos: Onne van der Wal)