Cullman Ready to Sail at National Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This coming weekend, senior captain and reigning national champion Cameron Cullman will travel to Long Beach, Calif., to compete for three days in the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championships hosted by the University of Southern California and the US Sailing Center.

The Men's Singlehanded Championship is the Glen S. Foster Trophy, a perpetual trophy in collegiate sailing since 1963. Foster himself was a singlehanded sailor, renowned for his success in the Finn class. Today's championship is sailed in a Laser, a small one-manned dinghy. Cullman won the Foster Trophy at last year's Singlehanded Championships, the second Bulldog in the history of Yale coed sailing to take home the Foster Trophy.

Cullman heads into the championship after winning the New England Men's Singlehanded Championships by an impressive 34 points. Cullman won four of the 18 races at the district qualifiers. New England is one of the toughest districts in college sailing, with many considering the qualifying event possibly more competitive than the National Championship itself, making Cullman's victory all the more notable. In addition to this win, Cullman has extensive background in the Laser. He has competed in international regattas, including representing the United States at the 2011 World University Games held in China.

This year's national championships are held at the US Sailing Center in Long Beach, Calif. The current forecast shows for light winds throughout the weekend. However as a Long Island Sound native, Cullman is comfortable with the light air tactics and boat handling required if these conditions present.

Racing will begin on Friday. Scores can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/f12/lp-icsa-men-singlehanded-nationals/.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity