BOSTON– This weekend senior captain and defending ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Champion Cameron Cullman finished first at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship hosted by Boston College. Teammate junior Max Nickbarg finished 11th at the event. The Yale coed sailing team also placed second at the Hood Trophy at Tufts University and seventh at the Salt Pond Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
Cullman won the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship for his third year in a row. By placing in the top four he also earned himself a berth at the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship in Long Beach Calif., Nov. 2-4. He won the event by an impressive 34 points, winning four of the 18 races and only finished once outside of the top ten. Nickbarg battled for his 11th place finish in the talented fleet. He left the regatta only 15 points out of sixth. Nickbarg's improvement from last year's qualifying event bodes well for the future. The other New England qualifying spots went to sailors from Brown University and the University of Vermont.
At the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts University, the Bulldogs faced a weekend of variable conditions on Mystic Lake. Saturday began with a postponement due to lack of wind, but six races in A division and four in B division were eventually sailed in a light Southeasterly. In contrast, Sunday's breeze fluctuated between 8 and 16 knots. The Bulldogs were able to finish second, losing only to the home team of Tufts. Sophomore skipper Graham Landy and senior crew Heather May showed their versatility throughout the varying conditions and won A division while junior skipper Chris Segerblom with crews freshman Charlotte Belling and sophomore Katherine Gaumond placed third in B division.
The Bulldogs finished seventh at the Salt Pond Invitation at URI. Both teams of freshman Eric Anderson with sophomore crew Sarah Smith and senior Zachary Foreman with freshman crew Garrett Farrell finished seventh in their divisions as well. The event was the college sailing debut for Farrell.
Next weekend Yale will send teams to the Danmark Trophy as the US Coast Guard Academy, the Mystic Lake Invitational at Tufts University and the Smith Trophy at MIT.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity