SAILING | Cullman captures championship

Cameron Cullman ’13 became the second Yale sailor in two years to win the Men’s New England Singlehanded Championshipand qualify for the Glen S. Foster Trophy, the men’s national singlehanded championship. His teammate, Max Nickbarg ’14, finished 11thin the Yale-hosted regatta. In addition, the rest of the No. 6 coedteam captured firstplace in the Moody Trophy on Salt Pond and fifth at the Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.

Down the coast in Maryland,the No. 3 women’s teamfinished third at the Navy Women’s Fall Intersectional.

At the Men’s New England Singlehanded Championships, on Long Island Sound off the coast ofBranford, Conn., Cullman and Nickbarg said they took advantage of the familiar wind and waves to fight through a cold, exhausting weekend. Cullman won 11of the 18races and placed in the top five in all of them. He finished with 35 points — 31 less than the next best sailor. Nickbarg, the reigning high school singlehanded national champion, had10top-10finishes to end with 202 points.

“I trained with hima lot,” Cullman said referring to Thomas Barrows ’10, who won the Men’s New England Singlehanded Championship last year. “He had some good coaching tips and was a really big part of my performance.”

Cullman said that he has a lot to improve on, butthat Barrows, Nickbarg and he push each other during practice.

At the Moody Trophy, skipper Joseph Morris ’12 and crew Amanda Salvesen ’14 accumulated 79 points en route to a second-place A division finish while the pair of Chris Segerblom ’14 and Elizabeth Brim ’11 won the B division with 52.

“After the first day, we weren’t really sure where we were sitting. Everyone was up and down,” Morris said. “On the second day, wecame out guns blazing … and put some distance between us and the other teams.”

By the end of the competition Sunday, the Elis stretched their lead over second-place Harvardto 26 points to claim the Moody Trophy.

But Morris believed that it was more than just a winand it would benefit the Bulldogs in more competitive regattas down the road.

“It was a really great venue to sail at,” Morris said. “It was nice open water but pretty similar conditions to what we’ll see at the nationals in Oregon this spring.”

In Annapolis, Md., the Yale women competed against the highest rankedwomen’s sailing teams in the nation at the Navy Women’s Fall Intersectional.

“All of the top 11teams were there. You have top women in all three divisions,” said Heather May ’13. “It was almost like a mini national championship regatta.”

Despite starting off slow on Saturday, A division skipper Claire Dennis ’13 and crew May fought back to grab two race wins and eight top-fives good for 109 points andfifth place. In the B division, Marlena Fauer ’14 and Eugenia Custo Greig ’14 took a race win of their own and finished fifth overall, also with 109 points.

While the A and B divisions used a fleet of 420s and FJs, two-person, two-sailed boats, the C division utilized Laser Radials — one-person, single-sailed boats.

“It was easier for me,” C division sailor Emily Billing ’13 said. “I used to sail that kind of [boat]in high school.”

Billing’s experience paid offas she wonthe first race, but her lead shrank tofive pointsgoing into the last race. And although she was unaware of the points because of back-to-back races, she did just enough by finishing eighth in the final race to capturethe C division title by a one-point margin.

Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Rob Struckett ’12, Genoa Warner’12, Rafael Fernandez ’13 and Will Feldman ’14 traveled to Larchmont, N.Y., to compete in the Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. Theevent required sailors to captain a J-105, a 35-foot racing keelboatrarely used in collegiate sailing; however, only two of the five sailors had any experience sailing a keelboat in collegiate competition. But inexperience did not seem to phase the Bulldogs who went on to tally three third-place finishes in six races.

Next weekend, the women’s team will host the Yale Women’s Intersectional. The coedteam will head up to Dartmouth for the Captain Hurst Bowl,Boston College for the 6th Norm Reid/Lane Trophies Team Race, and Massachusetts Maritime for the Great Herring Pond Open.

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