November 8, 2010

Cullman Takes Third At Singlehanded Nationals

ICSA/Laser Performance Men's National Championship Results

Event Video on sailgroove.org

Earns Podium Finish In Last Race Duel

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Sophomore Cameron Cullman represented the No. 8 Bulldogs well at this weekend's ICSA/Laser Performance Men's Singlehanded National Championship, taking a third-place finish. The event was sailed in the breezy waters off St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Cullman qualified for the national championship based on his win at the New England Singlehanded Championship three weeks ago.  Both the New England and national event were sailed in the Laser, an Olympic-class dinghy.  This year's venue, St. Petersburg, Fla., is well-known to the Bulldogs—the team often practices there during spring break. 

Eighteen sailors from across the country raced brand-new Lasers for three days of non-stop action.  The Laser has one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in sailing — it quickly reaches speeds commonly found only in larger types of boats.  St. Petersburg provided strong winds that challenged competitors both mentally and physically. 

After two days of racing Cullman sat third overall, behind Charlie Buckingham of Georgetown and Cy Thompson of Roger Williams. Zachary Marks of the University of South Florida just four points behind in fourth.  Marks shaved away that advantage over Sunday's first two races, pulling into a tie with Cullman. Marks got ahead early in the final race, but Cullman fought back and passed him on the second upwind leg, en route to the race win and a podium appearance. Buckingham held off Thompson for the regatta win.

Next weekend the Bulldogs will close out the fall campaign with an appearance at the Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity