Joined OCC: 1943
Elected to Winged “O”: 1971
For his valuable contributions to the life of the Outrigger Canoe Club and its athletic programs, Karl Heyer III, sportsman, director, officer and Club Captain was awarded the Winged “O” in 1971.
Born and raised in Kahului, Maui in 1933, he attended Punahou School where he was a letterman in football and a member of the Interscholastic League championship swimming team from 1949 to 1951. His specialty was the butterfly stroke. Karl continued both sports at the University of Arizona, playing freshman football and competing for two years on the university swimming team.
A skilled sailor, he took part in national, state and Club regattas, including a number of Hobie 14 States and the first Hobie 14 Worlds held in Honolulu in 1973. He was a frequent competitor in water sports contests at the Club including the Castle Swim and makule surfing.
During his years as a member, he served the OCC well in many capacities, as Director for two terms (1970-1974); Club Secretary, Club Captain (1970-1973); and Vice-President, 1974. He also served on the Athletic Committee, Bylaws and Judges of Election committees.
As Club Captain he was instrumental in reorganizing the OCC athletic program and in getting funding to support an expanded program with equal emphasis on intra-Club, state and national competition.
During his term as head of athletics, management of the Beach Shop was placed under the Athletic Committee and profits generated became a source of revenue for sports programs.