In recent years PCYA has sponsored two principal events in separate regattas, rotating among four areas; namely the Carr Trophy for sailing crews and the Barusch/Castagna for power-boat, Predicted Log, and individual and team racing.  PCYA also presents two annual awards: the Charles Langlais Trophy for individual contribution to yachting and the Garrett Horder Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance and results in Junior Sailing programs.

PCYA also helps in looking after the interests of recreational boating on the west coast.  As an example, the California legislative advocate group, Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), grew out of discussions with PCYA, PICYA, and SCYA.