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Twins Join National Sailing Squad

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Michael and Samuel Platt from Year 10 are one set of twins whose sibling rivalry plays out on a national level.

Samuel found out in September that he had been chosen for the Royal Yachting Association Topper UK Junior Squad, while Michael was selected for the Topper Intermediate Squad. Now the two brothers regularly compete against one another in national sailing competitions.

Prior to this, both boys were members of the RYA’s West squad for two years. Membership to the RYA’s Zone squads provides young sailors with valuable coaching to help them progress into the Junior squads, which has clearly been the case for the Platt brothers. They are now looking forward to sailing in a variety of national competitions around the UK in the coming months.

Despite being twins, Samuel and Michael pull no punches when sailing. They provide one another with friendly competition and spur each other on to perform at their best. The boys’ most recent event was the Autumn Regatta at Carsington Water in Derbyshire, which took place in October. Both did well in the race against 40 competitors, with Samuel coming in 7th and Michael in 15th place.

In contrast, the twins train side-by-side at Bolton Sailing Club. Since moving to the Junior and Intermediate squads, the training has taken a step up from the West squad. However, this is no problem when the twins love their sport. Michael’s enthusiasm was clear when asked about their training schedule. He said, “We train every weekend, at least once. We usually go on a Saturday but sometimes on the Sunday as well.”

The next competition is the Topper Winter Regatta. This event will take place on the 8th/9th February at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. As Michael was excited to point out, this was the 2012 Olympic Sailing venue. This is a fantastic opportunity for both sailors to test their mettle in world-class surroundings, and they seem confident that they will be successful in their next venture.

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Smooth sailing for Sam

Smooth sailing for Sam

Michael braves the waves

Michael braves the waves