sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Three inducted into OK Dinghy Hall of Fame

Three inducted into OK Dinghy Hall of Fame

'(l to r): Bill Tyler, Marian Jankowski’s daughters Anna and Magda, Norbert Petrausch'    OKDIA.org ©

Three of the most influential OK Dinghy sailors from Australia, Germany and Poland were honoured last week at the championship dinner of the Bombardier OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany, by being welcomed in to the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame.

The OK Dinghy Hall of Fame was established just over one year ago to celebrate the first 50 years of the OK Dinghy. Candidates can be nominated by member national associations and by the OK Dinghy International Association. Other members of the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame include Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN), Clive Roberts (NZL) and Leith Armit (NZL).

This year though, rather than honouring racing success on the water, the class has recognised three individuals who have had a profound influence on the growth and development of the class in these three countries. All amateur classes depend to a large extent on the enthusiasm and dedication of many unpaid individuals, and it can honestly be said that without people such as Bill Tyler (AUS), Norbert Petrausch (GER) and the late Marian Jankowski (POL), that OK Dinghy sailing in those countries would be far poorer as a result.

Bill Tyler (AUS)
First, 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.

Norbert Petrausch (GER)
Next Peter Scheuerl (GER) spoke. He said, 'I have the honour to introduce somebody to the Hall of Fame who has served the class for most of its existence. He owned the first OK Dinghy in Germany and still sails his own OK today. I asked him when he sailed his first worlds, but he couldn't remember, though of course he remembers all the funny stories than have happened over the years.

Norbert Petrausch has been involved in the German OK Dinghy Association for over 30 years and has been its president for about 20 years. Once when the class struggled to find a host for a major regatta, he jumped in a did the whole race management with just a few helping hands, even if he would have preferred to sail himself. Through all the years of OK Dinghy sailing in Germany, Norbert has been the steady hand, keeping it all together. Without him, the class in Germany would not be what it is today.'

Marian Jankowski (POL)
Finally, Darek Kras, OKDIA Vice-President Northern Hemipshere spoke about the late Marian Jankowski. 'Marian was fully devoted to the OK Dinghy class. In fact, if it was not for him, there would probably not be any Poles sailing here in Germany this week. We all owe him for attracting us to the OK. He was among the first OK sailors in Poland and the first National Champion. He first won the title back in 1964 and continued to dominate the Polish circuit for many years. His devotion to the class was demonstrated in many ways. He always had time and energy to encourage new sailors to the OK, help them to obtain gear and tune it. When it was decided that the OK Dinghy was no longer to be a preparatory junior class for the Finn, its existence in Poland was threatened.

Luckily, we had Marian. He made sure that whatever gear was in Poland, would be safely put in the hands of those who really needed it. Perhaps his best idea was to attract to the class guys like myself - those who sailed when young and thought of getting back to sailing. He had many friends, sailing friends, like Norbert here. And with their help he helped us get our boats. Back in the 1980s living in Poland was not easy, and importing gear from the West a big task which required a lot of persistence. He took us to regattas in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden and had seemingly endless reserves of energy and enthusiasm for the sport. He died a few years ago from heart complications, and the OK class in Poland suffered a huge loss, one that we still feel today.'


In the rooftop restaurant of the Kurhaus Warnemunde, Bill Tyler and Norbert Petrausch accepted their awards in person. Bill was competing in his 9th world championships, while Norbert was a very active part of the organisation. Marian's daughters Anna and Magda (who specially travelled from Poland with her husband, OK Dinghy sailor Antoni Pawlowski) received the award on behalf of their late father.

www.okdia.org




by Robert Deaves, OKDIA Publicity

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=46527

11:25 AM Wed 16 Jul 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL VIR US