Award-winning Local Sailor Has Royal Appointment

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, will present Bob Hopkins, a member of Wanlip Sailing Club with one of the RYA’s most prestigious awards this month, in recognition of his exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport.
Bob Hopkins, from Anstey, will receive an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, for individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony at One Great George Street, London on Friday 24th November.
Bob, 76, joined Wanlip Sailing Club, near Syston, almost 40-years-go and has served as a committee member, holding various official roles, for 32 of those. He is a competitive club racer, often introducing new members of all ages and abilities to racing and cruising, and sharing his extensive knowledge and experience with them. He also introduced Wanlip SC to the Friends of Children of Chernobyl, taking these children on respite holidays. 
Bob said: “I didn’t know what to think when I found out I’d won this award! I’m nothing special and how kind of fellow members to think to nominate me. I’ve gained so much through sailing; the friendship of lovely people at our sailing club, the opportunity to help others by teaching sailing and helping to run the club and encouraging disabled folk to sail through Wanlip Sailability. It’s useful exercise, which can be as strenuous or as mild as you want, too.” 
The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs’ of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions in all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, inland waterways and personal watercraft.
Bob was nominated for his award by his clubs and selected as one of the winners by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. 
For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards or to find out how you can get out on the water in the Midlands visit www.rya.org.uk