AN ANGLESEY Sailor is set to be honoured with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) most prestigious awards this month.

Dafydd Griffiths, is to be handed the award by HRH the Princess Royal (President of the RYA) in recognition of his commitment to Red Wharf Bay sailing club and RYA Cymru Wales.

Dafydd was nominated for an RYA Regional Award by Red Wharf Bay Sailing and Watersports Club members.

He has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards panel and will receive his prize at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on November 16.

"It is nice to get this recognition, I was surprised but very pleased," Dafydd said.

"I was on the board of RYA Cymru Wales for nine or ten years and then chair for five years when there was a bit going on.

"I first got involved in sailing when I was at school in Crewe and they had a club which decided to build boats. At that point I could not swim and was more interested in the boat building side than the sailing side.

“But then I learned to swim and after building the boats we launched and sailed them."

Dafydd, a former teacher and education advisor was chair of RYA Cymru Wales lead the successful Red Wharf Bay junior training programme from 1998 to 2014 and still helps out when he can.

Two of his sons, Eifion and Bleddyn Môn, have competed internationally with the latter recently having been part of the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat competing in the Volvo Ocean Race in Spain. Their older brother Dyfrig is also a recreational sailor.