Within the Black team we have several world class formula sailors such as Alberto Menegatti and Andrea Cucchi who respectively have won the Youth World Title and the Master World title and with both ranked in the top at 5 of many international events over the years.
In addition to these 2 big names in formula there is also Maciek Rutkowski from Poland, Vincent Langer the newly crowned German Champion. In 2014 Fernando Martinez del Cerro from Spain will also be joining the Team together Christian Justesen from Denmark who is the 2013 Youth World Champion
Developing a new world class Formula sail have been a natural step for the Black Team and now the pieces are all coming together.
In recent years the main focus for the Black Team been to develop and improve the AC-1 slalom sails to gain the very important results reached during the 2013 season. By the end of October 2013 team captain and head of development, Andrea Cucchi decided together with his team to initiate a new way of designing and developing the future Point-7 sails. The team effort which resulted in the AC-1 slalom sail development would have to be equally implemented to the formula sail development by using all the feedback from the Black Team but with the actual designing of the sail being dictated by the team.
As the design of the new sails is completely done by the Black Team we have decided to call the new Formula Racing range the FW1. Starting from the same idea as the AC-1 slalom, the key feature will be the following.
- High aspect ratio profile.
- 9 Batten contruction.
- 5 type of batten configuration.
- More luff curve then on the AC-1 slalom sails.
- Deep lower profile
- Progressive leach opening.
- No base protection for quick tuning.
Approx Techinical Specs of the sizes (still under development)
The FW1 will be having a great drive from the profile and obtain his upwind ability from the more close middle leach compared to the AC-1 slalom. The main focus for the Black Team is to bring the FW1 not only to it’s best upwind performance, but in having the sail to be able to tackle any situation that are standard to get caught on a race course during an event.
Andrea Cucchi Chief developer
The FW1 will be available from March 2014 and everyone is welcomed to reserve it now! FW1, Black is back!