Point7 AC-ONE 2021
The PWA slalom sail.
Designed for: In Italy racing is art. For no compromise slalom sailors, who know how to attack jibes and are ready to feel the power of the beast when flipping the sail. For those who don’t just want to be on the podium but want to be first!
The tests on magazines say: The fastest sail in downwind slalom racing.
The name AC-One derives simply from the initials and sail number of Andrea Cucchi put together. Point-7 founder, head of development, team manager and the man who last year decided to create a group of young professionals and have them train together under the name “BLACK TEAM”.
It’s character on land: Italian Design: Approach the AC-One and start feeling both a little scared and excited about what’s about to happen! The feeling is amplified tenfold when you launch the deep-drafted, scary-looking, PWA World Champion race sail. Total Black with perfect Italian racing design. 7 battens, but Point-7 went even further with a 3-cam setup.
It’s character on water: Plug & 0.7. Leaving the beach, the sail will totally feel light in your hands. Crank up the throttle and see how you get once set to 6th gear and be ready to absolutely fly! Why? Downforce! Softness and stability! The AC-One pushes the deck down, eliminating any unwanted nose-lift from lively boards and absolutely charges through – or rather over – chop and swell. Yes, it’s insanely powerful yet easy to control as all the power is in the front, leaving the back hand with no effort to be applied. In fact, it is mega, turbo powerful – the acceleration is insane. But the force pins down the hull and leaves you in a nice, high position of control over the thumping V12 at the end of your arms. When it comes to jibing, the entrance to the jibe is easy thanks to its light profile at the rear part of the sail but be ready to handle the boosted power of its acceleration once you flip the sail.
With the 3-cam the rotation became light and smoother than before. The softer feeling from the 2019 foil gives an extra power in light winds, increasing up to 20% performance from the previous years. The transition from lighter winds to stronger gusts, is much smoother. This allows to keep the same stance and body position no matter the wind intensity donating more control, more instant and easy acceleration, no loss of board control. Simply easier and faster!
Race Results: Veni Vidi Vici. Men PWA SLALOM WORLD CHAMPION. Women PWA Vice World Champion. PWA Slalom Constructor Sail Champion. Defi Wind Winner. One Hour Classic Record Holder. PWA Youth World Champion.
Developed and designed by: #born07. The Point-7 Black Team. A team of professional sailors and designers who have proved themselves by designing the winning sail for the World Champion in the PWA Slalom World Tour.
Development Target: Life is a race. Not only testing the sail for straight-line speeds, but also checking how the sail would perform in the starts and jibing around the marks with seven other riders closely in pursuit, just as in real competition conditions for which a racing sail is developed. To have the fastest sail on the race course. Comfort on the straight line, power out of the jibes, turbo boosted acceleration, light feel when carving through the jibe. Downward force to pin the board to give the best balance to hover over any water surface. As the AC-One is sold to many slalom riders, For Zero20 the AC-One has been implemented its brutal power to a super friendly performance, making it even more scary for the competition than ever before
Outline: No compromise. Hi-Aspect for endless speed. The base automatically closes the gap on your slalom board. A negative leech to speed up the exiting of the wind. A light feeling on the back hand, giving extra speed and acceleration. The top of the sail has a smaller head for more stability in stronger wind.
Battens: 7 tubular battens, with 7 different setups to follow the pure slalom foil profile from the sail, including 3 batten construction in batten seven and six.
Eyelets: The choice to have two eyelets. The lower eyelet to create more opening of the lower leech to increase control in stronger wind, and the higher eyelet to increase power and acceleration. We do advise the upper eyelet from 7.1 up to 9.2, and the lower eyelet for all sizes under 7.1
Profile and Foil: Luxury. The front boosted profile set by the 3 cams allows a stable entry for the wind to pin down the board and give stability and pressure, which transforms into drive, power and amazing acceleration. The wind swiftly moves to give power exactly where the stance of our body is comfortably centered on the board, and releases quickly and smoothly through the back of the sail, to allow light back hand pressure for pushing on the fin when needed. As the wind increases, the sail will automatically self-adjust its power, thanks to the S-Shaping, along the whole middle upper leech opening. Just hook in and hold on, as the sail will not limit its speed in auto pilot mode. The deep profile will carve the board amazingly, and the flatter foil on the back will give little pressure on the backhand, allowing comfort through the curve. Be ready to take the sail on the new tack as it will boost you forward with extreme acceleration.
Cut out: Each size has a well-tested and different size cut-out to allow a comfortable S-shaping release. This brings the sail to have the right S-Shaping performance of the cross batten to allow, according to the size and conditions, the best compromise between power and release. It will always make sailing more comfortable, and the need to adjust the setting of your adjustable outhaul less. The shape of the cut out comfortably welcomes the back end of the boom.
Body Material: Luxury Mostly assembled by the 4mil Anti UV-Black Laminate. Highly responsive and reactive for world champion performance. 5mil Anti UV-Black X-ply base panel for protection from accidents. Clear monofilm window for perfect vision through the sail. X-ply batten pockets for lighter weight and improved reflex.
Cams: Different sized cams are placed in the sail to determine the light pressure and fast rotation on the higher cam and stability, profile and power on the lower cams.
Rigging: The AC-1 needs to have the mast inserted on top of the cams. After pulling downhaul to 15cm of its final setting you can either put on the boom, and later pop on the cams before putting the final downhaul on, or place the cams on with the right technique, pulling on full downhaul, and then putting the boom on. You will find more instructions and videos on the support section on our website.
Playing with the outhaul will boost up power or increase control. Tighten the lower 2 battens and the top batten, but just remove wrinkles on the other battens, without overtightening them.
Chief Development Comment: “In the last years, we have been working towards a total non-compromise racing sail. We took the sail to have such an outstanding performance that it just gave the extra boost to the fussiest and fastest riders. It was all about no compromise. The foil itself, the tensions of the sail, have today allowed to be re-designed on a 3-cam and 7-batten set up. Taking out 1 cam and 1 batten, it kept the racing grunt from the AC-One alive but donated the extra comfort. The feeling of a freeride easy sail, with lots of racing horsepower. The sail is as stable as it can be dreamed off. Does not matter where the wind comes from, nor the gust intensity, you are able to stay in your stance and position without applying any effort, and the board will keep its balance over the water. The new AC-One is delivering a much higher speed than anyone else would expect and be amazed by its speed in the lighter wind…We did it again! “