NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team elected junior Cam Cullman as the 2012 captain on Tuesday in the Varsity room at Ray Tompkins House. This marks the first change in the captain's position in two years as senior Joseph Morris filled that role for both 2010 and 2011. Cullman has long been a strong contributor to the sailing team and was most recently crowned the Men's Singlehanded National Champion.
Cullman, a native of Rye, N.Y., grew up sailing on the Long Island Sound, the same waters that Yale practices on. He was the youngest U.S. Junior Singlehanded National Champion, and captured numerous titles in the Laser Radial and the Laser. He attended the Hotchkiss School, captaining the sailing team during his senior year.
Cullman entered Yale in the Fall of 2008 and had a successful freshman year, just missing out on qualifying for the Singlehanded National Championship and sailing in the Freshman Atlantic Coast Championships for the Bulldogs.
After a year off, Cullman returned to New Haven as a sophomore in 2010, capturing the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship. He finished third at the Singlehanded National Championship and was named to the All New England Skippers Second Team. Cullman served as an integral member of the team that finished seventh at the 2011 Team Race National Championship and the B division team that finished eighth in B division at the 2011 National Dinghy Championships.
This season, Cullman bettered his 2010 performance, capturing the National Singlehanded Championships in dominant fashion after decimating the field at the New England Singlehanded Championship. He was also an integral part of the team that took home the win at the Navy Fall Intersectional, taking the win in C division, which was sailed in the Laser.
"It's an honor to be elected captain by my teammates, but getting elected is only an opportunity and the work has just begun," said Cullman. He added, "Last year's captain leaves big shoes to fill so all I can promise is to attempt to lead the team as well as Joe Morris did."
When asked what the team's goal for the season Cullman responded, "The goal for this spring season is simple: to bring national championships back to Yale. With a team race squad returning all three skippers from last season and starting many senior crews, the time to capture a championship for Yale is now. Our coed fleet racing squad has been top ranked all fall and we are looking to continue this trend into the spring. We could not be more psyched for this season and plan to keep working hard towards these goals until the job is done."
The Bulldogs will kick off the spring season at the Bob Bavier Team Race at the College of Charleston Feb. 25 and 26.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity