Women's J24 European match race championship
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.