RIP Bill Tyler

by Robert Deaves, Peter Robinson, Mike Walker

With great sadness we report that our dear OK friend Bill Tyler passed away, aged 76, on December 6, 2016, at his home in Sydney, with his wife, Jan, and his immediate and extended family with him.

Bill was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma almost two years ago and fought bravely and honestly since then and never gave up hope that he would return to sailing the OK Dinghy.

Bill was a stalwart of the OK Dinghy class for 45 years and has represented Australia in many International events over the years, not only as a competitor but also as an administrator. He served the class at a club level by encouraging so many others to start sailing, at a state level in New South Wales, at a national level and also at an international level as the OKDIA auditor for many years. He was completely dedicated to the class and for keeping the OK spirit going, and made lifelong friends all over the world through sailing the OK Dinghy.

He was quietly proud of his achievements and rightly so as whatever he turned his hand to he did with enthusiasm and a thorough commitment to getting it right.

Bill’s passion for sailing started in the late 1950s in VJs and then 16-foot Skiffs at Middle Harbour, Mosman Amateurs and then Manly. He move across the harbour to Woollahra where he bought a Moth – his first foray into single-handed sailing which would last his lifetime.

Bill was one of the first inductees into the OKDIA Hall of Fame in 2008 after a lifetime of service to the class he loved so much. Recognition of his achievement by his peers was a very emotional night for Bill, who was very taken aback by the honour.

Bill has been responsible for creating and maintaining the OK Dinghy Chronicle – a chronological history of the OK Dinghy in Australia since 1962 to the present.

Bill was 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 was been able to help send many Australian Juniors to international events over the years, and this enabled some of them to bring home the Junior World title.

His list of accomplishments in yachting is immense. Along with his wife Jan, Bill’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 and he was awarded with the NSW Yachting Services to Yachting award in 2007.

After 45 years sailing the OK Dinghy Bill Tyler has departed for his next voyage. He will be missed by a huge number of people.

His presence will be missed by his family and friends and everyone in the International OK Dinghy world.

We have lost a good man too early. RIP Bill Tyler. AUS692.


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