Constitution and By-Laws of the Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association

This Constitution and By-Laws of the Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association was amended by unanimous vote by the Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association Executive Committee on Saturday February 24, 2007, which is effective this date.
Members of the Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association Executive Committee voting on the amendment of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association were as follows:

Hull#: Yacht Name: Owner: Title:
No. 1 "Eulalie" Neil Atwood President
No. 3 "Selene" David Rice Vice-President
No. 12 "Ballerina" Archie Conreras Secretary-Treasurer
No. 14 "Totem" Chris Museler Fleet Captain-East Coast Fleet
No. 16 "Lark" Jean Alexander Fleet Captain-L.A. Area Fleet



Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association.


The Class insignia shall be the letters "PCC" in red, enclosed in an oval of red, except as noted in Article VII, Section I, Paragraphs B and C of the By-Laws and Section 2, Paragraphs 1 and 2.


The Objects of the Association shall be to encourage and promote the racing of One-Design Pacific Cruising Class sailing yachts, designed by George W. Kettenburg, Jr. and built solely by Kettenburg Boat Works of San Diego, California, to unify the rules of the Class and to pass upon the eligibility to membership in the Association. The Association shall have jurisdiction over all Pacific Cruising Class activities.


  1. The individual shall join through a fleet on whose waters he/she normally sails and eligibility shall be determined by the holding of a current official measurement certificate issued by the Association for his/her boat and proof that he/she is owner or part owner of the boat.
  2. The Fleet, a territorial branch or unit, is open to all eligible persons within its territory, elects its own officers (which should include a Fleet Secretary) and is self-governing in local matters not conflicting with Association rules.
    1. Fleets shall be recognized at any port where one or more boats are actively sailing and are members of the PCC Association.
    2. Additional fleets shall be designated by unanimous consent of the Executive Committee upon need.

  3. Groups of Fleets in distinctive localities constitute Districts.
  4. The powers of the Association shall be vested in and exercised by the Executive Committee, consisting of the Executive Officers and the captain of each fleet.
    1. The executive officers shall be the President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.

  5. Election of officers.
    1. During the month of December of each year, as many eligible members of the Pacific Cruising Class Association as possible shall vote to elect the officers for the coming year.
      1. The current PCCYRA Executive Committee Secretary-Treasurer will provide notice of the annual vote for elected officers.
      2. Voting shall be by secret ballet
      3. Voting may be done by letter, fax, or e-mail. Votes will be sent to the current PCCYRA Executive Committee Secretary-Treasurer.
      4. The current PCCYRA Executive Committee Secretary-Treasurer will count the votes for the newly elected officers, and provide notice of the results to the current Association members.
      5. The newly elected officers shall hold office after their election from January 1st to December 31st of that year.

    2. All members shall have the privilege of attending all general meetings of the Association and shall be eligible to hold office in the Association.
      1. For voting purposes each yacht shall represent one (1) vote.

    3. All three executive officers can not be elected from a single fleet. Each officer of the Executive Committee can represent one (1) boat only.

  6. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the three executives officers and at least two fleet captains. Each member of the Committee shall be entitled to one (1) vote.
    1. The Executive Committee shall:
      1. Consider and set upon applications for membership in the Association except to the extent in which this function is delegated to officials of the Association.
      2. Appoint special officers and committees except Appeals Committee.
      3. Fill vacancies among the officers and its membership.
      4. Have full power to assign Fleets and determine what additional Fleets shall be recognized by the Association and take such steps as it may consider necessary and expedient to fulfill the objects of the Association as set forth in Article III of the Constitution.
      5. The business of the Executive Committee shall be carried on as far as possible by correspondence, but it shall meet at the call of the President at such place as he/she may direct as often as may be considered necessary for the proper conduct of business. Notice of every such meeting shall be sent to each member of the Executive Committee in ample time to enable him/her to attend the meeting, and four shall constitute a quorum. Absentee members may vote by mail, fax, or e-mail on questions submitted to them in writing for their vote. Members so voting shall be counted present for the purpose of constituting a quorum.


  1. Amendments to the By-Laws of the Association may be adopted at any meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of the Association, provided advance fifteen (15) day notice of the meeting shall contained such amendment in full. Voting on amendments so proposed may be by mail, fax, e-mail, by members in person, or by proxy.
  2. Any amendment as to specifications of hull, spars, rigging and sails must have approval of George W. (Bill) Kettenburg III., the designer's son, or an assigned Kettenburg Boat Works delegate before adoption by the Association.
  3. Section 2 of Article V can not be amended.


  1. If at any time the President of the Association receives knowledge of the infringement of this Constitution, the By-Laws or the Official Specifications of the Class, he/she must order an investigation by the Executive Committee and if it is found that a member is infringing on the rules, his/her membership card shall be canceled, and from date of cancellation, the member and his/her boat shall not be eligible to participate in any Association activities.
  2. Upon receiving sufficient evidence to show that said suspended member has redeemed him/herself by correcting such infringement, the Executive Committee can declare him/her reinstated, but continued infringement of the rules or a gross breach of the rules, shall make a member subject to further suspension by the Executive Committee.
  3. Each Fleet shall immediately be notified of the findings and same shall be written in the minutes of the Association.


Official number allotted to a new yacht by the builder shall be permanent and affixed to sail and burned or carved on the top of the horn timber. Name is optional, but must be recorded. The designer has the exclusive right to retain No, 1 for his own use. No other boat can be changed.


  1. A standard suit of sails is: one main sail, one working jib, one Genoa jib, and one spinnaker, to be of standard size and weight and of material as used at present.
  2. A yacht owner may own multiple sails. Such as multiple jibs, Genoa jibs, and spinnakers. However, a yacht may only use one standard suit of sails as defined in Article III, #1 above during a PCCYRA race. The use of multiple main sails, jibs, Genoa jibs, and spinnakers after the start of a PCCYRA race is prohibited, unless the original sail is damaged during the race to the degree that it can no longer be used. Yachts may change sails between races in a series.
  3. The use of Mylar, Kevlar, or other modern sail cloth material is strictly prohibited. The spinnaker shall be cut as a tri-radial design. Asymmetrical spinnakers, Bloopers, Drifters, and reaching stay sails are strictly prohibited.


    1. Weights of Material - weights specified are to be considered minimum, based on standard (cotton/nylon 28-1/2" width), or a range of minimum/maximum where specified.

      1. Mainsail

        1. cotton, 10 oz
        2. nylon, 6.8 oz
        3. Dacron, 6.0 oz-7.0 oz

      2. Jib

        1. cotton, 10 oz
        2. nylon, 6.8 oz
        3. Dacron, 6.0 oz-6.5 oz

      3. Genoa

        1. cotton, 6 oz
        2. nylon, 5.8 oz
        3. Dacron, 5.0 oz-6.0 oz

      4. Spinnaker

        1. cotton 2 oz
        2. nylon, 0.50 oz -1.5 oz

    2. Mainsail - Luff and foot governed by spars

      1. Hoist, top of boom to top of sleave: 46' 6"
      2. Foot, end of boom to after side of mast: 20' 3"
      3. Leach, top of boom to top of sleave: 50' 6"
      4. Roach and draft, governed by measurement across the sail from the middle of the luff to the middle of the leach, shall not exceed 11' 10", the roach and leach having a normal curve.
      5. Headboard not to exceed 8" in width. If a headboard is used, the head of the sail is the theoretical intersection of the hoist and leach.
      6. Luff must be fastened to the mast by sail slides not over 30" apart, and the foot secured to the boom by sail slides not over 18" apart.
      7. A single row of reef points if required, located 5' above the foot along the hoist and 5' 9" above the foot along the leach.

    3. Jib

      1. Hoist - 40' 3"
      2. Foot - 17' 9"
      3. Leach - 35' 6"
      4. If the jib is fastened to the forestay by snaps, they must not be more than 4' apart. Foil headstay systems, and roller furling systems are allowed.
      5. A storm jib with one reef will be allowed.

    4. Genoa

      1. Hoist - 40' 3"
      2. Percentage to the jib. I.E.: 120%, 135%, 150%, 160%.
      3. A 160% Genoa is the maximum size allowed

    5. Spinnaker

      1. Hoist - 40' 3"
      2. A 180% tri-radial is the maximum size allowed.
      3. The hoist must be from the same location as designated by the Official Specifications (see E, (a) above). Spinnakers with a hoist to the mast head is strictly prohibited.

    6. Head Sail Sheeting Track:

      1. Installation of sail track to the deck, inbound of the toe rail, for the purposes of decreasing the sheeting angle (pointing higher), is strictly prohibited. All head sail turning blocks must be attached to the sail track attached to the toe rail (cap rail), as per designer's specifications.


  1. The Association will sponsor racing for all boats which have valid certificates. The Association recognizes the PCC as primarily a cruising boat, and in this light, every attempt will be made to insure that the boats racing are in proper cruising trim. "Cruising Trim" shall be interpreted according to the "Ocean Racing Rules". Exception: Skiff and life lines. The Association will discourage any skinning out or otherwise lighting a boat where advantage may accrue by virtue of this act.
  2. No deviation from the Official Plans and Specifications will be allowed in spars, sails, rigging, spinnaker pole and hull, except as follows:

    1. Blocks on aft deck for spinnaker sheets.
    2. Fitting on end of boom for sheeting purposes.
    3. Fitting for running back stay, but can not be used in Association races.
    4. Mast may be moved at partner, but not at step.
    5. The main sheet deck fitting (fixed) may be replaced with a main sheet traveler. The main sheet traveler may be adjusted by use of a line through turning blocks, but must be hand operated.
    6. A bail may be attached to the boom as fixture to attach a boom vang. The boom vang may be adjusted by use of a line through turning blocks, but must be hand operated. The down haul may be attached to the bail which is attached to the boom in lieu of a boom vang.

  3. Upon launching and with the required equipment aboard the yacht shall float to a waterline lenght of at least 31' 0".
  4. Installed equipment:

    1. Water closet
    2. Wash basin.
    3. Permanently installed stove and fuel tank.
    4. Ice-box of standard size
    5. Fuel and water tanks
    6. A standard marine engine with all accessories to weigh not less than 350 pounds.
    7. 15" fixed or folding propeller.
    8. 6-volt or 12 volt storage battery.
    9. Electric and hand bilge pump, as per specifications.

  5. Loose equipment aboard must include:

    1. Two suitable anchors, approved by Association.
    2. 300 feet 1" diameter anchor rope.
    3. Two mooring lines.
    4. One compass.
    5. All mattresses and covers.
    6. Plus all legal equipment required by public law.

  6. All mechanical fittings, such as winches, out-hauls, etc., must be hand operated. The use of hydraulics for fore-stay, back-stay, boom vang or any tensioning is strictly prohibited.
  7. Whisker poles and reaching struts are allowed, and may be constructed out of aluminum. All spinnaker poles if constructed of wood will be at a lenght (maximum length of 14'9", tip to tip) and thickness (3" x 3") as originally designed by George Kettenburg Jr. in the Official Plans and Specifications. Spinnaker poles may be constructed out of aluminum, but must conform to the maximum length as specified. The use of a spinnaker pole constructed from any other material is strictly prohibited.
  8. The boom must be secured to the mast at a height no lower then 33.25" from the measurement of the center of the boom to mast fitting to the deck, and no higher then 50.75" from the measurement of the center of the boom to mast fitting to the deck. The boom to mast fitting may be to a car on a track attached to the mast. The boom will be marked with a black band (tape or paint) at the end of boom to after side of mast at a distance of 20' 3", measuring the foot of the main sail during PCCYRA races.
  9. Battens used in main sails may not be more than a maximum of 2.5" in height, and no more than a maximum of 41" in length. Battens used in head sails may not be more than a maximum of 2.5" in height, and a maximum of 18" in length. All Battens must be able to be inserted and removed from a sewn batten pocket in the sail. Battens may be made from material that is capable of bending, such as wood or fiberglass. Full lenght battens used in any sails is specifically prohibited. The intent of this paragraph is to conform to the designer's originally intended specifications.


  1. Whenever the name "George W. Kettenburg, Jr." is mentioned, the original designer, George W. Kettenburg, Jr. of San Diego, California, is meant.
  2. After the death of George W. Kettenburg, Jr., all phrases containing his name in the Constitution, By-Laws or Official Specifications, shall be changed to the official representative of the Kettenburg Boat Works of San Diego, California.
  3. As of January 1, 2007, the official representative of the Kettenburg Boat Works of San Diego, California is G.W. ("Bill") Kettenburg III, who has sole discretion to name a successor representative at a time of his choosing. If G.W. ("Bill") Kettenburg III has not named a successor representative by the time of his death, the successor representative will be named by the Kettenburg Boat Works (KBW) Partners.


  1. At the direction of the PCCYRA Executive Committee, a Pacific Cruising Class Association Race Series will be held.
  2. The winner of the Series will be recognized as Pacific Cruising Class Champion.
  3. The Pacific Cruising Class Championship Race Series will be conducted by the Executive Committee at a site chosen by the Executive Committee.

    1. The site should preferably go to the yacht club to which the champion belongs. However, the championship series should preferably not be held in any one location for more than two years.

  4. A yacht can be raced by a person other than the owner, provided that said person is a current PCCYRA member.
  5. Any skipper who qualifies under section 4 above may legally charter a local boat of the host fleet, having the option of using his/her own sails for the Championship Series. However, no skipper may charter a boat from his/her home fleet for this purpose.
  6. Any skipper who qualifies under section 4 above may legally use sails from another boat for their use during a Pacific Cruising Class Association Race Series, provided that such sails conform to all specifications and restrictions imposed on all skippers, as described in these By-Laws.
  7. The Pacific Cruising Class Championship Race Series requires a minimum of three (3) yachts participating, from at least two (2) different local fleets.
  8. The Pacific Cruising Class Fleet Race Series requires a minimum of three (3) yachts participating from the local fleet.


In he interest of the Pacific Cruising Class, you are requested to make use of the insignia or awards conferred upon you.

  1. Local Fleets:

    1. Each year the fleet shall hold a race or series of races to determine the champion of the fleet.
    2. The winner of such races shall be entitled to wear on his/her sails a Red Bar, as per specifications.
    3. Each year's win shall count as a new bar.

  2. Class Championship:

    1. The winner of the Class Championship Series, which shall be held according to Article VI of the By-Laws shall be entitled to wear on his/her sails the following insignia:

      1. A Blue PCC surrounded by a red oval in place of the customary plain emblem.
      2. The year of the victory shall be placed on the bottom inside edge of the oval and for every win after that year shall be placed above the oval.
      3. Insignias shall be considered belonging to the owner, and not to the boat.


  1. The Fleet dues shall be determined by each fleet.
  2. Dues shall be paid to the Pacific Cruising Class Association by each fleet according to the number of boats in the fleet, and such dues to be determined by the Executive Committee.
  3. In the Pacific Cruising Class Association, dues shall be used to conduct one Pacific Cruising Class Association Race Series each year and for any other purpose in order to promote and further the interest of the Pacific Cruising Class.

    1. Failure to pay dues shall make a fleet ineligible in having any of its boats participate in the Association Races.

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