Neil Hopkins from Falmouth was presented with a Lifetime Commitment Award by the Princess Royal at the RYA Volunteer Awards in London when 58 awards were presented in recognition of boating’s most dedicated volunteers.

Neil was recognised for his significant contribution to club racing, and both national and international events, at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (RCYC). A "reliable and willing" volunteer, happier undertaking practical tasks than serving in formal club roles, Neil is an experienced race officer and regional mark layer and his reliable and consistent support to the club, always undertaken with good humour and friendliness, makes him one of those essential volunteers that all successful clubs rely on.

RYA director of sport development, Alistair Dickson, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport. Today has been an excellent opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work our volunteers do to support boating activity in all forms throughout the UK.

“All of the stories behind these special people have been truly inspiring to hear and it’s really an honour to be able to say thank you and celebrate their amazing achievements.”

Nominations are now invited for the 2018 RYA Volunteer Awards.