Women's J24 European match race championship

The Germans beat the Swedish favourites 2-0

Thursday March 22nd 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Nadine Stegenwalner and her German crew won the Women's J24 European Match Racing Championship in Vilamoura. She beat Swede Marie Bjorling in two matches.
The first was a close run thing with the German coming through with the help of a windshift which allowed her to take the lead on the beat after being 50 metres astern at the leeward mark. In the second match she took the lead after making a brilliant start which left her well ahead of the Swedish team. She never lost her lead and won easily.

The result will probably come as a surprise to Stegenwalner who failed to make the quarter-finals of the Rolex Women's World Championships in Florida last November. Bjorling had looked almost invincible at that regatta, where she finished second to Denmark's Dorte Jensen. This is a considerable reversal of form for Stegenwalner to emerge as a victor in Vilamoura.

Anne le Helley of France took third place, also in two matches, from Elizabeth Kratzig of the United States.

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