Kettenburg Pacific Class – PC

The young commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club, Joe Jessop, approached his friend George Kettenburg and asked him about creating a sailboat for San Diego waters. They discussed what features this new one design boat might have to make them competitive for local conditions. Most importantly, the boat was to be built within the “rules” of the Nathanael Herreshoff designed S Class, so that competition between the two boats would be fair without the need for handicapping. Thus the concept of the PC (Pacific Class) was initiated.

In 1929 George and his brother Paul launched the first PC “Scamp.” By 1931 seven hulls had been completed. The newly formed PC Association challenged the S Class fleet in New York to a four-boat match race in Hawaii at the Honolulu Yacht Club. The regatta winning campaign by the SDYC PC fleet was so popular, local Honolulu yachtsman purchased all four boats.

Post WWII boats saw some needed rigging changes, along with cabin and interior modifications. The elongated cabins are an easy way to distinguish the newer boats from pre-war hulls. The last PC completed in the late 1950s was hull #83. And based on the latest documented accounting, 47 of the original 78 boats “built” are known to be still sailing. With the core of the fleet still based out of San Diego Yacht Club, the class attracts many of the areas world-class sailors including; Dennis Conner, Jack Sutphen, Mark Reynolds and Bruce Nelson.

Following is a selection of shots from the 2011 PC Nationals sailed on the ocean course off Coronado. To learn more about these magnificent boats visit –

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