NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Junior Cameron Cullman will represent the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team this weekend at the Men's National Singlehanded Championships at the Chicago Yacht Club. Cullman destroyed the competition at the New England Championship held a month ago and will look to improve on his third-place finish from the 2010 National Singlehanded Championships.
The National Singlehanded Championship is sailed for the Glen S. Foster Trophy which has been awarded to the winner since 1963. It honors Foster for his contribution to singlehanded sailing which mostly occurred in the Finn class. The George Griswold Trophy has been awarded to the second-place finisher since 1995.
Racing will be conducted in the Laser class, a boat with one sail sailed by just a skipper without a crew, unlike the normal college doublehanded dinghy. Laser Performance will provide the 18 boats for the regatta. While the Bulldogs are known for their prowess in singlehanded competition, only one Bulldog, Thomas Barrows '10, has ever won the National Singlehanded Championship. Barrows captured the Foster Trophy in 2008.
The Chicago Yacht Club is hosting the regatta off of Belmont Harbor on Lake Michigan providing "open water" conditions. The current forecast is for cool temperatures in the 40s with breeze ranging from six to eight knots on Friday, 12 to 13 knots on Saturday and 19 to 22 knots on Sunday which would be ideal for Laser sailing.
Cullman dominated the New England Singlehanded Championship, which served as the qualifier for the National Championships. He won seven of the 16 races and beat out second place by almost 60 points. Cullman will face out of region competition as well at the National Championships but after his performance at New Englands and his win at the Navy Fall Intersectional in the Laser division, he is the man to beat at Nationals. Cullman has long been successful in the Laser class, before and during his collegiate career, and was one of the American representatives in the Laser at the World University Games held in China this summer.
Cullman will not be alone at the National Championships as he will be joined by teammates juniors Emily Billing and Claire Dennis who will be competing for the Women's championship in the Laser Radial, which has a smaller sail area than the full rig Laser.
Racing will begin on Friday with the first warning at 12:00 p.m. Racing on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a 2:30 p.m. cutoff time for the last race on Sunday.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity