Michael Sigel wins PWC Superfinal 2017

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Michael Sigel wins PWC Superfinal 2017


Michael Sigel of Gin Gliders has won the PWC Superfinal 2017 in Roldanillo, Colombia in what was the probably the best ever finish in the 25 year history of the competiton. 


After 2 task wins earlier in the competition, Michael went into the final task with a narrow overall lead. Towards the end of the 94km task, most of the field were forced to land out near the last turnpoint in the middle of the valley as the Pacific sea breeze killed the thermals. At this point, a group of 4 leading pilots including 2nd placed Nicola Donnini were able to break away. But somehow Michael managed to stay in the air. Now trailing the leaders, he took a different line in the middle of the valley and was finally rewarded with a climb. With that he was able to pass the leading group and arrive first in goal and secure his overall victory.


Michael's win is the 2nd Superfinal success on a row for Gin Gliders and a sweet moment for his colleagues in the GIN R&D team (including Gin Seok Song, Torsten Siegel, Moonseob Lim, Idris Birch and Tim Bollinger). The team have worked closely together over the past few years on the Boomerang and Genie Race harness and there were some serious team celebrations in Roldanillo!


Congratualtions once again to all the overall winners, Michael Sigel (Open), Laurie Genovese (Women) and Team Ozone (Teams). 

Photo: PWCA

Photo: Jerome Maupoint