LONG BEACH, Calif. – Representing the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team, senior captain Cameron Cullman placed fourth at the LaserPerformance/ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championships cohosted by the University of Southern California and the US Sailing Center in Long Beach, Calif.
The top 18 college Laser sailors in the country, representing all seven districts in the ICSA convened at the US Sailing Center for the national championship, competing for the Glen S. Foster Trophy. Sailing off of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, the competitors completed a full rotation of 18 races over three days.
Racing began on Friday after a brief wind delay, racing began in a southerly sea breeze ranging from 4-10 knots. Saturday's racing also began with a wind delay, however a light westerly filled. Regatta chairperson Mike Segerblom commented that, "with excellent conditions we were able to complete 8 races today and have 2 races to be sailed on Sunday."
Sunday began again with more wind delays, but another light 4-10 knot westerly filled. Throughout the weekend, Cullman had been battling within the top five. With only two races left, Cullman placed second in race 17, putting him only one point behind third place. In a battle for the podium, Cullman barely missed out on third, falling only four points behind Stanford's Kieran Chung. College of Charleston's Juan Maegli won the event with just 37 points over all 18 races. Maegli represented Guatemala in the 2012 Olympics, placing seventh while also sailing in the Laser.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will return to double handed boats for the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by King's Point Merchant Marine Academy. The Bulldogs will head into the event coming off of their victory at the New England Championships and will hope to continue their success as the fall season comes to a close.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity