Kettenburg Pacific Class Cruiser
(PCC) Design No. 363
Kettenburg Boat Works, San Diego, California

Race Records


Most people familiar with Kettenburg boats know Kettenburg Boat Works as a premier West Coast boat builder, and yacht designer. When Kettenburg boats are mentioned, most people think of the famous Pacific Class (PC) one design race boat designed by George Kettenburg Jr., or the K series of cruisers designed by George Jr.'s younger brother, Paul Kettenburg. However, the Kettenburg Pacific Cruising Class (PCC) Design No. 363 designed by George Kettenburg Jr. is one the most significant ocean racers in the heritage of American yacht design. In it's own era, the PCC is no less famous than the Sparkman & Stephens' ocean racing yachts DORADE (1929), and STORMY WEATHER (1934). In fact, the PCC dominated all major West Coast ocean races from post World War II through the late 1950s. The ocean racing record of PCCs EULALIE, RAY, MICKEY, KITTEN, BALLERINA, BOLERO, GOSSIP, SELENE, UNDINE, and others speaks for itself.
 
The Kettenburg PCC was designed by George Kettenburg Jr. in 1945. The boat George Jr. originally designed and built was 44' 10". Joseph Jessop (Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club-1929) had been instrumental in the selection of the Kettenburg PC as the One-Design yacht commissioned for the San Diego Yacht Club, and who greatly influenced their sale to other yacht club members. Joseph Jessop commented at the time to George Jr. that he thought the 44' 10" foot boat looked too short. Consequently, George Jr. redesigned the boat, and the PCC was built as a 46' 4" one design ocean racing yacht. The Kettenburg Boat Works built the 46' 4" PCC hull #1 in six months. PCC #1 was built production style over an inverted jig, like every wooden boat constructed at Kettenburg Boat Works from the 40s on. PCC #1 EULALIE was launched in May 1946. EULALIE was built as George Kettenburg Jr.'s personal boat, and he named the boat after his wife, Eulalie. George Kettenburg Jr. raced EULALIE extensively, and won numerous major regattas. EULALIE is one of twenty-five PCCs, which were built between 1946-1959. PCC hull numbers 1, 2, were built with Honduras planking over oak ribs. PCC hull numbers 3 through 17 were built with straight grain Douglas fir planking over oak ribs. PCC hull numbers 18 through 25 were built with Philippine mahogany planking over oak ribs.
 
The following information is being provided so other current/former PCC owners, and friends will add to this with their stories/current information/corrections/comments. Please contact me directly at: neil@classicyachtfoundation.org.
 
Neil Atwood
Kettenburg PCC Historian

PCC Race History's


 
Hull #1, EULALIE
Race Record: (George Kettenburg Jr. represented the San Diego Yacht Club 1946-1951)
1946 San Clemente Island Race 1st Place (first San Clemente Island Race)
  LAYC Channel Islands Race 1st Place
1947 SDYC Opening Day Jessop Trophy
  San Clemente Island Race 1st Place (new course record: 34 hours, 14 in)
  Santa Barbara Regatta 1st Place
  LA Mid-Winter Regatta 1st place
1948 SDYC Opening Day Jessop Trophy
  PCC National Championship 1st Place
1949 Newport-Ensenada Race 1st Place
  PCC National Championship 1st Place
1950 SCYA Summer Regatta 2nd Place
  San Clemente Island Race Trepte Trophy: 1st To Finish
  PCC National Championship 1st Place
Dick Hershey Perptual Trophy: 1st Place (San Diego PCC Fleet Regatta)
Dick Hershey Perpetual Fleet Championship 1st Place
1951 Midwinter Catalina Race 1st Place
  San Clemente Island Race Trepte Trophy: 1st To Finish
  Coronado Race Union-Tribune Trophy: 1st to Finish
  “Eulalie (George Kettenburg) and Bolero (Gene Trepte) had held the Lipton Cup here since 1948 with the exception of 1950. In 1952 Gartz Gould’s Ballerina took over the duty of winning”. Charles R. LaDow, SDYC Historian. From the book “The Ships, the House, and the Men” (A History of the San Diego Yacht Club)
1952 Lipton Cup 2nd Place Coronado Yacht Club
1953 Whitney Series 1st place Los Angeles Yacht Club — "Aikahi"
1954 PCC National Championship 1st Place Los Angeles Yacht Club — "Aikahi"
1955 PCC National Championship 1st Place Los Angeles Yacht Club — "Aikahi"
1957 Honolulu Race (Transpac) 5th Place Los Angeles Yacht Club — "Squall"
1966 PCC National Championship 1st Place
2006 Kettenburg Regatta-PCC 1st Place Shilshole Bay Yacht Club


 
Hull #2, RAY
Race Record: (Representing the San Diego Yacht Club)
1946 Lipton Cup 1st Place (Returning the trophy back to the San Diego Yacht Club after fifteen years)


 
Hull #3
Race Record:
1947 Honolulu Race (Transpac) 13th Place Balboa Yacht Club
1952 Spalding Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1953 Spalding Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1958 Crawford Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1959 Hughs Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1961 Vail Trophy 1st Place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1963 Jobbins Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1964 Vail Trophy 1st Place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1965 Vail Trophy 1st Place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1965 Crawford Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1965 Caspers Opening Day Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1992 PCC National Championship 1st Place


 
Hull #4, MICKEY
Race Record: (Representing the San Diego Yacht Club 1947-1957)
1947 Santa Barbara Regatta
1948 Newport-Ensenada Race 1st Place (first Newport-Ensenada Race)
1952 Farralone Island Trophy 1st Place
  PCC National Championship 1st Place
1953 Farralone Island Trophy 1st Place, and Buckner Trophy
Dick Hershey Perpetual Fleet Championship 1st Place
1957 Ocean Racing Fleet-Labor Day Series The Dauchy Trophy


 
Hull #5
Race Record:
1957 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1960 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1961 PCC National Championship 1st Place


 
Hull #6, KITTEN
Race Record: (Representing the Newport Harbor Yacht Club)
1949 Newport-Ensenada Race 1st Place Newport Harbor Yacht Club
  Honolulu Race (Transpac) 1st Place Newport Harbor Yacht Club
1951 Honolulu Race (Transpac) 6th Place Newport Harbor Yacht Club


 
Hull #7, ROMNI
Race Record:
1947 Honolulu Race (Transpac) 4th Place Newport Harbor Yacht Club


 
Hull #8,
Race Record:
1952 PCC National Championship 1st Place
  Dick Hershey Perpetual Fleet Championship 1st Place
1993 PCC National Championship 1st Place


 
Hull #9, GOSSIP
Race Record: (Representing the Seattle Yacht Club)
1948 Victoria BC PIYA Regatta 1st Place (George Kettenburg Jr.) SDYC
Dick Hershey Perptual Trophy: 1st Place (San Diego PCC Fleet Regatta)
1949 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 2nd Place
Dick Hershey Perptual Trophy: 1st Place (San Diego PCC Fleet Regatta)
1950 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 1st Place ( overall winner) Seattle Yacht Club
1951 Transpac Race: 4th Place Seattle Yacht Club
1952 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 2nd Place Seattle Yacht Club
1953 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 1st Place Seattle Yacht Club
1956 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 3rd Place Bellingham Y. C.
1961 Jobbins Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club


 
Hull #10, RASCAL
Race Record:
1950s? Acapulco Race Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1959 Jobbins Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1960 Jobbins Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1961 Transpac Race 7th place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1963 Chamber of Commerce Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1963 Spalding Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club


 
Hull #11, LANI
Race Record: (Representing the San Diego Yacht Club)
1949 San Clemente Island Race 1st Place (Pat Boldrik, member of the SDYC)
1958 PCC National Championship 1st Place


 
Hull #12, BALLERINA
Race Record: (Representing the San Diego Yacht Club 1949-1958)
1949 McCary Memorial 1st Place
1950 SCYA Summer Regatta 1st Place
1951 PCC National Championship 1st Place
  Dick Hershey Perpetual Fleet Championship 1st Place
1952 Coronado Islands Handicap 1st Place, and Sponholz Elapsed Time Cup
  Lipton Cup 1st Place
  Los Coronados Race 1st Place
1953 Coronado Islands Handicap Sponholz First to Finish Trophy
1955 Coronado Islands Handicap 1st Place
1957 Williams Cup 1st Place
1958 Acapulco Race 2nd place, Class B


 
Hull #13, BOLERO
Race Record: (Representing the San Diego Yacht Club)
1948 Dick Hershey Perpetual Fleet Championship 1st Place
1949 Dick Hershey Perpetual Fleet Championship 1st Place
1950 International PCC National Championship, BC, Canada 1st Place
1951 “Eulalie (George Kettenburg) and Bolero (Gene Trepte) had held the Lipton Cup here since 1948, with the exception of 1950. In 1952, Gartz Gould’s Ballerina took over the duty of winning”. Charles R. LaDow, SDYC Historian. From the book “The Ships, the House, and the Men” (A History of the San Diego Yacht Club)


 
Hull #14
Race Record:
  No Race History


 
Hull #15
Race Record:
1964 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 3rd Place Seattle Yacht Club
City of Victoria Trophy: First to finish
1967 Swiftsure Lightship Classic 3rd Place Seattle Yacht Club
City of Victoria Trophy - First to finish
Ocean Cement Trophy-First Division I


 
Hull #16, LARK
Race Record:
1953 PCC National Championship 1st Place
2004 Raymond E. Wallace Iron Man Race First in class A. First to finish overall, and Fastest corrected elapsed time. Wooden Hull Yacht Club/LA Yacht Club
2005 Raymond E. Wallace Iron Man Race First in class A. First to finish overall, and Fastest corrected elapsed time. Wooden Hull Yacht Club/LA Yacht Club


 
Hull #17
Race Record:
1950 Newport-Bermuda Race
1955 Fastnet Race-England
1955 Gotland Island Race-Sweden
1960 Newport-Bermuda Race
1969 Block Island Race


 
Hull #18
Race Record:
  No Race History


 
Hull #19
Race Record:
1950 Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) 1st Place


 
Hull #20
Race Record:
1950 No Race History


 
Hull #21, RICOCHET
Race Record:
1992 PCYC Classic 1st Place Sloops & Cutters A (Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club)


 
Hull #22
Race Record:
1995 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1996 PCC National Championship 1st Place


 
Hull #23
Race Record:
1950 No Race History


 
Hull #24
Race Record:
1950 No Race History


 
Hull #25
Race Record:
1959 Wilmont Hughs Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1962 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1963 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1964 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1965 Chamber of Commerce Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1966 Chamber of Commerce Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1968 PCC National Championship 1st Place
1969 Vail Trophy 1st Place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1970 PCC National Championship 1st Place
  Wimam Memorial Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
  Caspers Opening Day Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1971 Wimam Memorial Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
  Caspers Opening Day Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
  Hollister Trophy 1st place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1975 Transpac Race 6th Place Santa Barbara Yacht Club
1977 Transpac Race 3rd Place Santa Barbara Yacht Club