Lasers, Keel Boats and FJs Don't Phase Bulldogs
NIANTIC, Conn.— The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team had another successful weekend on the water, once again remaining in the top three at all of the events. Junior Cameron Cullman dominated the New England Singlehanded Championships, the big boat team finished third at the Storm Trysail College Big Boat regatta and a third team of Bulldogs finished third at the Moody trophy, the lone traditional college sailing regatta of the weekend.
The New England Singlehanded Championships were sailed out of the Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, Conn., the home yacht club of Yale Assistant Coach Bill Healy. Saturday dawned with a dying westerly that was followed by a southwest sea breeze at 11:00 a.m. of eight to 12 knots which allowed for what the race committee deemed to be "perfect conditions" and the completion of eight races. The final two races of the day were sailed in four to six knots with larger shifts.
Sunday provided more trying conditions with two races in an eight-knot westerly followed by a long lunch break to allow the westerly and southerly to duke it out. The southerly's win allowed for the completion of race 13 but the westerly was not finished, coming back for round two and causing the race committee to take the fleet further out into the bay for the most consistent breeze. The final two races of the regatta, 15 and 16, were sailed in a southerly of ten to 12 knots that filled behind the westerly and died to about six knots by the end of the final race.
Cullman dominated the regatta, winning by 58 points, proving that the lack of home field advantage due to the change of location did not alter the results from 2010 when Cullman also took the win. He finished with seven wins and only finished outside of the top five twice in the sixteen races.
Teammate sophomore Max Nickbarg placed 11th. He finished in the top ten in half the races with a top finish of fourth in the sixth race.
Cullman commented, "As the regatta progressed we saw a variety of conditions and this definitely played to my advantage. Having competed in China at the University Games this summer, I felt extremely well prepared for the event and in the end I was psyched to defend my title as Men's Singlehanded New England Champion. I am determined to win a national championship for Yale and will be mentally and physically ready to compete Nov 4-6. I earned a bronze medal at nationals last year, and this year I want the gold."
While Cullman and Nickbarg spent the weekend alone, six Bulldogs, seniors Robert Struckett and Genoa Warner, junior Zachary Foreman, sophomores Nace Cohen and William Feldman and freshman Urska Kosir teamed up to finish third at the Storm Trysail College Big Boat Regatta, a fun event designed to introduce college sailors to keel boat sailing. Struckett skippered the boat, which was loaned to the Bulldogs for the regatta by a member of the Storm Trysail club. Sailing was conducted out of the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y. and regatta festivities included a cookout. While the breeze was great on Saturday, it never came out to play on Sunday preventing any racing, but the team of Bulldogs had a blast at the annual event.
A third team of Bulldogs finished third at the Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island on the Salt Pond in Wakefield, R.I. While the other Bulldogs were experimenting in different kinds of boats, the Moody Trophy was sailed in FJs, a very familiar boat to the Bulldogs.
Freshmen skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond finished fifth in A division, just three points out of fourth. They finished in the top five in five of the nine races, including a win in the sixth race.
Sophomores skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Grieg took the win in B division, just beating Navy by one point. They finished in the top five in six of the races, including a win in the second race.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will sail at the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth, the Navy Fall Intersectional at Navy and the Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity