A SEASON’S efforts on the water by a Wilmslow youngster have been given a royal seal of approval.

Nine-year-old Thomas Culwick, who attends Ashdene Primary School, was rewarded for his achievements as a blossoming yachtsman in an end-of-season rendezvous with the Princess Royal.

As president of the Royal Yachting Association and a sailing enthusiast, Princess Anne made a special presentation to Thomas during her visit to mark the diamond jubilee of Redesmere Sailing Club set on the 25-acre lake in Macclesfield.

Thomas said: “It was absolutely fantastic to meet the Princess and get my RYA sailing certificate from her.”