Figaro 3

F3 Profile

Figaro 2 at Annapolis Show

I have been following the Figaro Circuit for 20 years, and have always been impressed by the very high quality of the racing, and the boats.  No wonder the French have dominated the worlds shorthanded sailing, having Figaro as a building block, or career.

F3 bow

Full bow and righting moment foils

F3 foil

Foils move in and out, and six degrees fore and aft

So when the Figaro Circuit decided to go with a new boat it was big news in the shorthanded sailing circles.  And has even slightly touched the mass market with Beneteau selling the boats to the retail market, which did not happen with the Figaro 2 very often.

F3 Profile 2

Low Freeboard

The Figaro 2 has been an exceptional boat, and one that still holds up well against all boats its size offshore short-handed.  Hopefully with a most of the Figaro 2’s on the market there will be a fleet in the US.  Nothing would improve US shorthanded sailing better than One Design racing.

At the Annapolis Boat show I went on board and talked with the new Figaro 3 owner.  The plan is to sail her this Fall, so stay tuned for that footage.

F3 aft

Exceptionally well thought out details

The details on the Figaro 3 are exceptionally well thought out.  Great to see ideas passed down from the Vendee and Class 40 for a shorthanded 32′ boat.  Yes, some say the Figaro 3 is 35′-6″ but that is with the bowsprit the hull is 32′, slightly smaller than the Figaro 2 at 32.18′.  To see all the specifications go here.

F3 bow sprit

Simple and well thought out sprit

F3 Hld Drain

Halyard Lead Box Drains

F3 Mast bse

Halyards lead into tunnels under house

Figaro 3 is a no compromise single-handed boat.  There is no galley, no head, no water tanks, no seats, except the keel structure you sit on at the nav station.  And for bunks there are two pipe berths.   I love it.

F3 companionway

Open simple boat you can see the tunnels either side

Everything on the boat is about reducing weight and keeping construction simple.  The French are masters at this type of build.  Input from champion Figaro and Vendee sailors shows in all aspects of the boat.

The structure has nice details such as caps on all the bulkheads.  This helps the stiffness and also makes it easier to slide sails, gear, and body over when pounding away.  And the panel aspect ratio is small throughout the boat, so there should no problem pushing her hard.  Just like the Figaro 2 you can push these boats beyond what the body can take.

F3 Structure

Well thought out forward structure

With such an open interior access to systems such as steering, engine, electronics is easy in any conditions.

F3 Bunks

Pipe berths and Engine Access

F3 Nav

Sit on keel box for fwd face nav station

F3 Systems

Even access to systems is light mesh cloth

Deck layout has console for main controls, easy to reach controls on the house and winches are right next to the driver.  Foil controls are on deck next to back of the house.  And speaking of foils they are not to lift the boat out of the water, they are to replace the water ballast that was in the Figaro 2.  But I am sure it helps when pushing hard downwind since you can adjust the foil angle of attack while sailing.  Look forward to giving this a try.

F3 Cockpit 1

All controls on both sides of house

F3 job leads

Well thought out jib leads

F3 Console

Main sheet controls on console and nice foot chocks

I like the SS ladder on the transom, no question it would be easy to get back on board.  The boats do sail double handed so the ladder is a nice addition.  And the liferaft well in the cockpit aft on center line is great to keep the raft low and ready to go.

F3 aft ladder

Nice simple strong aft ladder

Couple of surprises for me were an electric ram for the pilot.   I would have thought an L&S ram would be on board to match the NKE instruments.  And the batteries are lead acid batteries.  Would think a pair of Firefly Oasis batteries would be perfect for this boat.

F3 Steering

Steering and Electric Ram

F3 Batts

Batteries Forward

Guess it is not hard to know I am excited about this boat entering the market and especially the US market.  Look forward to my sail and will keep you posted.

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New Website Landing Page

Code 0 Reaching

Fun shot of us Code 0 Reaching down Buzzards Bay late September. Drone is a great tool.

Welcome to Boat Show season.  I will be at the Annapolis Sailboat show 4-5 October meeting clients, talking with new ones, and of course checking out all the cool new boats and gear.  If you see me say hi and lets chat shorthanded sailing.

I changed the landing page on my site.  The home page will now have a Vimeo link from my show and corporate clients.  So go to the site and see what is hot this week, just a click away.  Let me know what you think?

NOTE: I do not like auto play videos on sites and have disabled it with my Vimeo account.  But you must also disable it with your browser.  New Chrome 69 has it disabled automatically.  Firefox you have to Google it for instructions, it is easy.   Safari has it disabled.

Kincora is coming out next week, and there is a ton of video to put into shows.  A great summer of racing/trekking/cruising.  And a winter of jobs to keep refining her for next season.

Still makes me smile when I think of Kim and Carol winning the Snipe Women’s Worlds.

Have fun and see you soon.


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Episode 41, Zhik ZKG

Welcome back, to the next episode of In and Out of the Boat Shop. I only recommend gear that stands out and does everything the company says, and more.  The ZKG’s do this in spades.  Having purchased and worn dedicated deck shoes for over 50 years, nothing comes close to these.

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Kincora going upwind in 25 kts double reef main and #4, Fun!

The Zhik, ZKG deck shoes are amazing. Check out the episode to see the features and watch them in action. Oh by the way I paid full retail for all four pair I have purchased, so no paid promotion.

Nice to be back with Episode 41, and loads of miles this summer so more on the way.

Link to Episode 41

See you soon.

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World Champions

Carol Kim one

Carol and Kim after awards

There are defining moments in life and this past week was one of those special moments. I had the honor to coach, and see my two favorite sailors win the Snipe Women’s World Championship. Carol Cronin and Kim Couranz who have been together as a team in the Snipe for eight years. Prior to that I also had the honor of coaching them in the Yngling.

Carol and Kim personify to me what it means to not only be World Champions, but also great teammates and knowing how to have fun every day. There are so many aspects of what it takes to win Worlds, but few have all the pieces. Great sailors yes, but so many qualities beyond great sailing. Perfect boat, fitness at the highest level, proper fuel, how to set up your boat, helping others, learning from the lows, doing something toward your goal every day, and of course “No Drama LLAMA”. That is only touching the surface, and why a World Championship is so special, and few achieve it.

Since you are reading my blog you are most likely a sailor and maybe even a racer. So you will appreciate that Carol and Kim were the only team out of the 32 teams that had all single digit scores, dropping a 7th.

Scoreline: 4,3,2,3,4,4,(7),4,3 27 pts. That is how you win a worlds. Sure winning races makes a huge difference in scores but not if your next race is a double-digit score.

On the second day of the regatta, fourth race they rounded the first mark in 17th and finished that race in 4th. After the race I told them it was the best race they sailed so far, both gave me the look. But if you think about it for two seconds it makes perfect sense. They saved 13 points by staying in the moment, and fighting back to fourth in a world’s fleet. That is what champions do.

The Snipe is a crew driven boat, and Kim Couranz is a super crew. smart, very fit, excellent with fuel, always two steps ahead, fun, knows how to tune a boat, fierce competitor, oh yea and a World Champion.

And Carol, well I have watched Carol race for a very long time, and raced with her for years. Cool when it hits the fan, fast, knows how to tune a boat, fierce competitor, always keeps it all in perspective, oh yea and a World Champion.

What a life special moment for me to see them win. Thank you ladies for letting me be a part of it.

Carol Kim Paul

Special moment with the World Champions

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Offshore 160 Singlehanded Race


Bill Shea Photography captures this great show of Kincora, Kristianna, and Spadefoot starting. Thank you Bill

This was my first Offshore 160 out of Newport Yacht Club.  The race is a qualifier for the Bermuda 1-2 and the longest single-handed race in New England.  Twenty Two boats signed up and were divided into three classes.  Kincora was the slow rated boat in class one, with the Class 40 First Light (Sam Fitzgerald) being scratch boat at -6, Kincora is 108 so a huge spread.  The race had a lot of talent with multiple Bermuda 1-2 veterans and past winners.

First time sailors in our class were Kristianna, Olson 30 (John Manderson), my trekking buddy, Spadefoot, Randall Saunders (Schumacher 28), Alchemy, J/121 (David Southwell, and Dune Buggy, Nick Bracket (Pacer 310 Sprint) rounded out the class.  So a lot of great sailors and boats to make for a competitive race.

We started at noon on Friday 13 July with SE 6-9 kts of wind off Goat Island.  Right away Samba and First Light took off with great starts in max current.  I stayed hight thinking I would use my Code 0 which was hoisted and ready to unfurl.  Well it worked for 1 mile then the Castle Hill header, which I knew would come, so fast furl and lost but a minute or two.  Then I settled in for the 60 mile beat on port tack.  We went East of Block Island with the option to go either side.

A great beat with Kincora going well and finding a few new modes with a fleet to gauge by.  Wind was 10-15 kts true and a fetch if you kept in the right mode at times hard on the wind, and most times 1-3 degrees off.

Rounded our weather mark which was 23.3 miles SW of Block Island, at 08:54 just behind Samba, Breakaway, in my class.  I still had all of my class in sight and a few bigger boats from Class two had come up.  Seagate, Hanse 400 with Michael Dimelta went trucking by to leeward, thanks Mike for not rolling me to weather.  Also Meridian, Tartan 4600, Murry Beach rounded with Samba and Breakaway.  Murry also went West of Block Island and made it work.

Then we were off on a 63 mile tight reach to the mark off Gay Head.  I set the Code 0 and Kincora was happy, till 02:00 when the wind started to die.  Just East of the Block Island Wind Farm I had down to 3 kts of wind and 60 degree shifts.  With the wind back beyond 90 app I went with the A5.  Sure an A1.5 would have been great, but my only A-sail is an A5.  Jibed on a 60 degree lift and jibed back about 45 min later.

Just before sunrise it went very light and aft so I went with my very old masthead runner, get the theme.  This worked for about 45 min then back to Code 0.  At sunrise it settled in a bit at 80 app and 6 kts of wind, ok for the Code 0.  Took three 7 min naps in cockpit about hour after sunrise and could still see the class up ahead.

Coming to the mark about 4 miles out I was knocked till it would be close to fetch.  With only 103% jib I kept the Code 0 going which meant an extra knot of boat speed.  I can carry it to 40 app in that breeze which I was doing.  3/4 mi from the mark the knock increased and up went the jib and down came the Code 0.  Now I had 3 kts of wind and current against me for a short time so big loss (15 min) not fetching.  Four tacks and then finally around.

I set the old (ugh) MH runner and crept away from the mark with Meridian, Tartan 4600, Murry Beach who I had just passed an hour prior.   Murry was carrying a jib and fetched, nice job, and won class two.  Murry was my guiding light ahead all night.

The first part of the final 18 mi leg was very light, but it was obvious there was going to be a Southerly breeze with the gradient direction and heat.  So I kept moving and trying to stay low and not sail extra distance.  The class one group ahead of me were all using A-sails so I had a chance to make up some of my loss time at the mark sailing less distance.  As the leg went on the breeze slowly came on, and with ten miles left I was on the edge of planning at the mark.  And the last 5 miles I was going well in 15-17 kts true wind and tight for the MH, but no time for change.

Finish time 12:03 and second in class one by one minute to Samba.  Nice race Tristan.

I brought along my video gear and still camera, but to be competitive I had to hand steer 95% of the race.  Kincora is tweaky and needs the attention to stay in the game, and that was my plan from the start.  Trekking footagae and In and Out of the Boat Shop episode coming.

I learned a ton of new modes and have better crossovers. Also knowing now the sails I am missing to fill the range.

Thanks to Newport Yacht Club, Roy Gauy, all the volunteers, and of course the sailors who make this a great event.   One week we do it again in the Solo/Twin.  Only a few signed up for solo, come on guys lets build the solo fleet.


Scratch sheet


Pictures from the start



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Wonderful Wickford Art Festival

The weekend weather was perfect.  The crowds were big, smiles big, and everyone was enjoying the wonderful art festival.


Paul in tent snacking before show. Thank you Carol for the pic

I had a fantastic spot (#144) right next to my friend and neighbor, Jillian Barber.  If you have not visited Jillian’s site you must take a look.  And when ever possible go in person to see he work.

On August 11 we will both be part of the Open Studio Tours in Jamestown, which is run by the Jamestown Alliance for Artist Sustainability.  So mark the date from 10am-4pm and come visit both Paul Cronin Studios and Jillian Barber Studios at the same stop since we are neighbors.  I will post more on this soon once the map and artist are listed.

It was nice to meet all the knowledgable art lovers at the Festival this weekend.  And a special thank you goes out to the happy new owners of my framed canvas fine art photographs, and the group of people who purchased 16×20 foam back photographs from my bin.  I enjoyed talking with everyone and sharing the great weekend.

This week is all about Kincora and the 160 race that starts on Friday.  I will be filming when I can during the race, and also have another episode in the edit bay.  So In and OUT of the Boat Shop had to take a back seat to the growing Photography aspect of my business, but the show will come on strong for the rest of the summer.

Have fun and see you soon,


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Paul in the Jamestown Press

Sunrise summer paddle-6169

Sunrise Summer Paddle

There is a lot going on at Paul Cronin Studios. This week I made the Jamestown Press our local paper.  Couple of weeks ago when my show started at the Jamestown Library for my fine art prints, I was interviewed for the story.  Nice to be recognized for my work and to feel so much support from our local community.

You can check out the story here.

Also note on your calendar, July 7th and 8th.  I will have a tent display at the Wickford Art Festival.  The Festival is down town Wickford, Rhode Island just over the bridge from Jamestown and shuts down the streets of the town.  Close to 200 artist display original work at this judged show.  I feel honored to be among the artist to be selected and will have my own 10’x10′ tent.  Stop by and visit to say hi.

I will have my framed fine art photography on display, along with a bin full of 16″x20″ photos signed and numbered original prints.  These will be on foam backing in fitted bags.  So something for everyone.

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Set for one of my In and OUT of the Boat Shop shows.

And to all my loyal followers of the In and OUT of the Boat Shop show, I am working on the next Episode.  So a lot going at on our island as summer is now in full swing.

Remember, Have Fun Every Day!, Paul

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