April, 2008

Greetings to current and former PCC owners, and friends:

WHAT'S NEW:

After Josh Berglund purchased KACHINA, PCC #23 in February, he and a crew member sailed KACHINA from LA to San Francisco. Josh reports that there were only small problems with the boat along the way. How about that as a way to get to know your new boat!  That bring the total number of PCCs in the San Francisco Bay Area Fleet to four.

"Building Kettenburgs: Premier Boats Built and Designed in San Diego" As reported, the book was written by Mark Allen, and is being co-published by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the Mystic Seaport Museum. The book has now gone to the printer, and it is expected to be released sometime between June 1st and July 1st. I'll let you know when I know more.

It is the 60th year anniversary of the founding of the PCC Yacht Racing Association. With that, I should get confirmation from the owners of COMANCHE, SELENE, and LARK in the near future regarding their entry in the PCC National Championship, which will be held June 8th in conjunction with the Kettenburg Regatta. All three of these PCCs have previously won the PCC Nationals. There is a rumor that Jack Sutphen may crew on COMANCHE. In any event, this could be one of the best race series in many years.


PCCs SOLD

Alejandro "Alex" Prato has purchased JANLEY, PCC #12. Alex lives in Manchester, England.
Alex has hired Jim Titus in Newport, Rhode Island who was involved in the current restoration of DORADE to do the needed work on JANLEY. (see March/April 2008 Wooden Boat magazine) Chris Museler, who sold JANLEY to Alex also has a great article in the same Wooden Boat. JANLEY will remain on the East Coast, and then be transported to southern France sometime this Winter. You can contact Alex: alejandroprato@hotmail.com

FOR SALE:

With the sale of JANLEY, and the recent sale of KACHINA and RICOCHET, there are currently no PCCs for sale.

CURRENT RESTORATIONS:

Jules Doyle, the owner of MALAGUENA, PCC #18 made the decision to cut up, and part out his PCC. At this writing, the work has already been done. Archie Contreras is buying the mast, boom, and most of the parts and hardware, so other PCC owners will have access to them. It is my understanding that everything will be transported from LA to San Francisco. You can contact Archie for more information at: skinorth@hotmail.com

CYANE, PCC #17 (originally owned by Henry B. DuPont) remains the only PCC still in need of a new owner for restoration. Because of resent circumstances, this boat is in need of a full restoration from the keel up. Anyone wanting additional information regarding CYANE should contact me: neil@classicyachtfoundation.org

CURRENT EVENTS:

This year marks the PCC Yacht Racing Association's 60 year anniversary. Greg Stewart at the Ancient Mariner's Sailing Society has confirmed that the 2008 PCCYRA Nationals will held in conjunction with the Kettenburg Regatta again this year. As in the past, the Kettenburg Regatta will be co-hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club, and the Ancient Mariner's Sailing Society. The regatta will be held on June 8th this year. The Classic Yacht Foundation is sponsoring the PCC Nationals, and awards will be given for both the PCC Nationals, and the Kettenburg PCC Class.

I have been in contact with Kimball Livingston, Senior Editor for Sail magazine. Kimball is trying to make arraignments to do an article on the Kettenburg Regatta and PCC Nationals for Sail. Stay tuned, film at 11:00

I should get confirmation from COMANCHE, SELENE, and LARK in the near future regarding their entry in the PCC National Championship. All three of these PCCs have previously won the PCC Nationals. There is a rumor that Jack Sutphen (America's Cup Hall of Fame) may crew on COMANCHE. In any event, this could be one of the best race series in many years.

The Master Mariners Regatta will be held in San Francisco this year on May 24th. All PCC owners are encouraged to enter. See the Master Mariners Benevolent Association at: www.mastermariners.org

The Maritime Museum of San Diego will hosting a presentation by the Stanley Rosenfeld family of Stanley Rosenfeld photographs. As you may know, these photographs are normally only displayed at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut. In conjunction with this presentation, there will also be a launch of the books "Building Kettenburgs: Premier Boats Built and Designed in San Diego", and "Messing About in Boats for 80 Years with Jack Sutphen"

The San Francisco Bay Area PCC Fleet Championship to be held in conjunction  with the Jessica Cup being held October 18th and 19th. The Jessica Cup is co-hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, and the Master Mariners Benevolent Association. Slips at the St. Francis Yacht Club will be made available for yachts entered for three days during this event. See the Master Mariners Benevolent Association at: www.mastermariners.org

Until next time, sail on...............

Neil