KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team placed fourth at the Admiral's Cup hosted by King's Point Merchant Marine Academy this weekend. This regatta was the final intersectional of the spring season.
The Admiral's Cup is a three-division event, with two doublehanded divisions and a singlehanded division. The Bulldogs were able to show their depth by placing top-five in each division. This consistency allowed Yale to finish fourth overall at the competitive intersectional, only seven points away from second.
Senior Cameron Cullman with crews juniors Eugenia Custo Greig and Amanda Salvesen, and freshman Charlotte Belling placed second in A division. In B division, junior Max Nickbarg sailed with Custo Greig and Salvesen as well, earning a fifth place finish. In his first intersectional, freshman Eric Anderson placed fifth in the Laser division.
With 15-18 knots, steep chop and strong current, the race committee was able to sail all fifteen races in each division, which completes a full rotation and therefore finished the regatta in one day. Nickbarg commented, "starting with the current was challenging but once our team got off the line we had good boat speed around the course which made consistent top finishes possible." Anderson agreed, saying "starting with a lane" was key for the day.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will travel to Norfolk, Va., to sail the ICSA Semifinal Dinghy Championship in hopes to qualify for Nationals. The postponed New England Freshman Championship will also be sailed that weekend at MIT.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity