SAILING | Cullman ’13 takes New England championship, qualifies for nationals

Coed sailing captain Cam Cullman ’13, the defending singlehanded national champion, won the New England singlehanded title this weekend.
Coed sailing captain Cam Cullman ’13, the defending singlehanded national champion, won the New England singlehanded title this weekend. Photo by Victor Kang.

Amid yet another superb week for the Np. 1 coed and women’s sailing teams, captain Cam Cullman ’13 won the New England Men’s Singlehanded Championship at Boston College.

Cullman’s effort capped a weekend that featured a second-place finish for sailors from the co-ed team at the Tufts-hosted Hood Trophy, and a third-place finish for the women’s team at the Regis Bowl Regatta at Boston University. Cullman was the only Yalie from the coed team to place high enough to qualify for the ICSA National Singlehanded Championships. The women’s qualifiers will be held next weekend.

“The pressure was on a little bit to defend my title,” Cullman said. “But I just went out there, and I was really lucky I have some great coaches who got my head on right.”

With the victory, Cullman qualified for the national championships, which he won last year. The next three finishers and qualifiers for the national championship came from other schools, while in Yale’s second boat Max Nickbarg ’14 finished just out of a qualifying position in 11th place.

Cullman credited Nickbarg, along with their coaches, for helping him prepare for the race and added that Nickbarg should qualify for nationals next year.

Sailors from the co-ed team competed in two other regattas over the weekend. The Bulldogs placed second at the Hood Trophy, an event Cullman described as a “tier one regatta.” Graham Landy ’15 and Heather May ’13 sailed in the A division and placed first among a field of teams from several different conferences. In the B division, the Yale boat of Chris Segerblom ’14, Katherine Gaumond ’15 and Charlotte Belling ’16 finished third. For Belling, the meet represented the second regatta of her career at Yale.

“I thought this weekend went really well,” she said. “It was really exciting being back on a lake because I sailed on a lake in high school.”

The Elis placed seventh at the University of Rhode Island’s Salt Pond Invitational.

The women’s sailing team also completed a successful weekend and finished third at the Regis Bowl Regatta at Boston University. Sophomore duo Morgan Kiss ’15 and Urska Kosir ’15 finished first in the A division, while the freshman pair of Marly Isler ’16 and Emily Johnson ’16 placed third in the B division.

“We felt pretty good about it,” Kiss said. “The race took place on the Charles River, which is a pretty difficult venue to sail at and has different conditions than what we have at Yale, so it was good practice for our team and we were happy with the result.”

Despite their success at this weekend’s regattas, the Bulldogs are focusing on the remainder of the season and on the Atlantic Coast Championships in November.

“We just want to keep getting experience,” Kiss said. “The goal is to perform at the Atlantic Coast Championships.”

Cullman added that he and a few of the female sailors, will look forward to making their mark at singlehanded championship meets at the end of the season. The qualifiers for the women’s team will be held next weekend at the New England Women’s Singlehanded Championship at Connecticut College.

Members of the women’s team not seeking to qualify for the singlehanded nationals will also compete at Connecticut College, but at the college’s Women’s Invitational.

The co-ed sailing team will continue their season next weekend at the Danmark Trophy, the Mystic Lake invitational and the Smith Trophy.

Comments