Hall Of Fame:
Bill Tyler - Australia
Bill Tyler was inducted at the 2008 World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany.
Andre Blasse (AUS) spoke about Bill Tyler on behalf of the Australian Association.
Bill has been involved with the OK Dinghy for 37 years and has represented Australia in many International events over the years, not only as a competitor but also as an administrator, holding many positions on state, national and international committees. His list of accomplishments in yachting is immense. Most recently, Bill, and his wife Jan's efforts in organising and managing the 2006 OK Dinghy World Championship at Belmont, Australia, was recognised by not only NSW Yachting and OKDIA, but all their peers, as the benchmark in the management and co-ordination of international dinghy events.
Bill is also one of three directors of the Clive Roberts Trust Fund that was established in the 1970s to help with the development of Australian OK Juniors. Bill has been able to help send many Australian Juniors to international events over the years, and this has enabled some of them to bring home the Junior World title. Recently Bill also won NSW Yachting's Services to Yachting Award. Collecting his award, Bill was visibly moved by the occasion. He said, "This is a great honour and I very much appreciate it," before reminiscing about his early days his the class.