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S/Y Copernicus was built especially for the first Whitbread. Copernicus raced the whole way around the world without drama or incident. Fourteen boats completed the course and Copernicus finished the grueling 27,000 nautical miles in 11th place. Her skipper was Olympic yachtsman, Zygfryd ‘Zyga’ Perlicki. She is constructed on an oak frame with mahogany planking and a plywood deck with teak overlay and was the smallest boat to take part and then to finish the round the world race in 1973-74.
In 2018 Copernicus started in a Race of Legends during VOR2018 and finished in Hague on 11-th place (she was the smallest yacht out there).