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History of Copernicus 1

This beautiful schooner was built as a backyard project by Byron Burns, a school teacher in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. Designed by William Garden and launched in 1982 with the name "BUT & BEN" reflecting Byron's Scottish heritage.

The schooner is 36' on deck, 27' waterline, 9.5' beam and 6' 9" draft. She carries 6000 pounds of lead in the fin keel and 813 sq feet of sail.

That, according to Bill Garden makes her "the fastest little schooner ever built". In 1999 she was sold to Andrew Mastalerz and renamed "COPERNICUS 1" after the great Polish astronomer. Copernicus is based in Sidney and sails the local waters drawing lots of attention wherever she goes.