Cullman Cruises To New England Championship At Home
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 6 Bulldogs showed their versatility this weekend, competing in three classes of sailboats and winning two of the three regattas they entered. Sophomore Cameron Cullman won the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship at the McNay Family Sailing Center and teams of Bulldogs won the Moody Trophy at Rhode Island and finished fifth at the Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.
Yale played host to NEISA's qualifying regatta for the 2010 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship, which will be sailed in several weeks in St. Petersburg, Fla. The top four finishers would transfer to the national event, known as the Glen S. Foster Trophy. Twenty sailors from around New England descended on the McNay Family Sailing Center Saturday morning for two days of racing in Lasers. The Laser has a high power-to-weight ratio that makes it a speed machine as the wind builds. And build it did—the regatta was sailed in classic Long Island Sound conditions with 15-18 knot winds and seas that built to three to five feet. The Bulldogs sent two sailors to the event, Cullman and freshman Max Nickbarg. Cullman got off to a quick start, recording a third and a fourth before taking the win in race three. The race committee would get used to recording Cullman as the first to finish: he went on a five-race tear of firsts in races five through nine, and again Sunday in races 14-18. All told, he won 11 of the 18 races sailed, a remarkable 61% of the regatta. Cullman won the with 35 points overall, besting second place Cy Thompson of Roger Williams by 31.
The Bulldogs also sent a dinghy crew to the Moody Trophy, sailed in FJs. The event was sailed on Salt Pond, a long, narrow lake with tricky windshifts. In A division, junior skipper Joseph Morris paired with freshman crew Amanda Salvesen. Freshman Chris Segerblom sailed with senior Elizabeth Brim in B division. The breeze swung through 110 degrees during the day, and the pressure varied between zero and 14 knots. Sunday dawned light but by late afternoon winds were in the mid- to high-teens. Morris and Salvesen notched two race wins over the 13 sailed, while Segerblom and Brim grabbed three. Yale finished second in A division with 79 points and won B division with 52 points to win by 26 points over Harvard.
Lastly, Yale entered the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, hosted by the Storm Trysail Club. The event is meant to introduce college sailors to the wider world of keelboat racing. Six Bulldogs travelled to Larchmont Yacht Club to race on a J-105, a 35-foot boat. Despite sailing together for the first time on Friday afternoon, the Bulldogs finished fifth in their 11-boat fleet. Like the other events, the team faced wide windshifts and breezes in the mid-teens all weekend long.
Next week, Yale will enter the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth, the Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime and the 6th Norm Reid/Lane Trophies Team Race at Boston College.
Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity