Point 7 Sado

 

2012

Point 7 Sado

Point 7 sado 2012

Power Delivery

Sail Stiffness

Sail Pull

Pull Position

Top End

Bottom End

Tuning Flex

Untuned Range

The Sado 2G is marketed as a full-on power wave sail with a wide range of use. For 2012 Point-7 claim a total rework aimed at improving drive and swing weight to produce a more powerful and compact sail. The Sado sits next to the more riding orientated Swell in the Point-7 range.

ON THE BEACH

With its black colour scheme the Point-7 is a very distinctive looking sail. On the beach it sets with an extremely full profile compared to the other sails in this group. The battens sit well around the side of the mast, and there’s a lot of pre-set shape in the sail.

The boom is the shortest in test (167cm) while luff length is about average within this group. The weight is noticeable though – at 4.11kg it’s the heaviest sail on test.

We found the Point-7 to be a bit of a one-set sail. With the downhaul just less than recommended and a moderate amount of outhaul (to keep the fullness at bay) it has a stable feel and loads of power. However, if you try and downhaul it further for stronger winds and less power the head becomes too loose and the sail loses its stability. Basically you need to set this sail full and then be big or strong enough to handle the power.

Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.4, 5.9, 6.4
Tested on: Poin t-7 C100 100%
Size tested: 5.4m
Luff: 424cm
Boom: 167cm 
Battens: 5 
Weight: 4.11kg 
Price: £405

ON THE WATER

Let’s deal with the negative issue first: weight. At 4.11kg the Sado is noticeably heavier than most of the other sails here. It’s also the deepest profiled sail on test (in fact, one of the deepest profiled wave sails we’ve ever seen), and that profile and the extra weight do make it feel less manoeuvrable and more locked-in on the water. Despite its quoted dimensions it actually feels very big compared to the other sails in this group.

It has a huge amount of power, but surprisingly it’s actually delivered in quite a soft and manageable way. The sail also has quite a bit of spring / flex to it, which means it isn’t as responsive to pumping but does feel quite easygoing.

The limitation at the top end is simply how much power you can handle. Set as described above the Point-7 remains fairly stable, but there is just so much shape and power in play that you have to be fairly heavy or strong to get the best out of this sail at the top end.

For high wind blasting it’s actually pretty good thanks to the deeper draft and locked-in feel, but for dedicated wave use (in this size) you either need to be underpowered or heavy to take advantage of this sail’s power. The deep draft and heavier feel make the sail feel less agile in the hands than most of the others for ‘proper’ wavesailing.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

In this size the very full profile and heavier weight of the Sado give it quite a locked-in feel and less manoeuvrability than other sails within this group. It is therefore less applicable to dedicated wavesailors (particularly lighter ones), but suits the purpose of a high wind blasting / bump-and-jump sail with its abundance of power and soft, forgiving delivery.