No. 1 Bulldogs Compete for Nationals Berth
New Haven, CONN. - The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will be sending two Elis to the New England Men's Singlehanded Qualifiers this weekend at Boston College. The Bulldogs will also being sailing the Hood Trophy at Tufts University and the Salt Pond Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
Senior captain Cameron Cullman and junior Max Nickbarg will travel to Boston to compete in the New England Men's Singlehanded Qualifiers, sailed in Lasers. The top four finishers at this event will gain berths to the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 2-4. The New England district is one of the most competitive in the nation, but the team is confident going into the event. Yale is traditionally known as a singlehanded powerhouse, and this year proves no different. Cullman is going into the event as the defending national champion. Nickbarg only narrowly missed qualifying in the top four at this regatta in 2011, and gained valuable practice time sailing Lasers at the Nevins Trophy this past weekend. Both Elis are fully prepared going into this qualifying weekend.
At the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts, Yale will be represented by skippers sophomore Graham Landy and junior Chris Segerblom with crews freshmen Charlotte Belling and senior Heather May. The Bulldogs again will be sailing in an unfamiliar boat this weekend, the Lark. A dinghy only used at Tufts, the Lark has a carbon fiber rig and a flat top main, making the boat very powered up in Mystic Lake's usually light conditions.
The Salt Pond Invitational at the University of Rhode Island will be sailed by freshman skipper Eric Anderson with sophomore crew Sarah Smith and senior skipper Zachary Foreman and freshman crew Garrett Farrell.
All racing will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday. Scores will be available at http://scores.collegesailing.org.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity