8 December 2010
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Memorial Service and moving forward
On Friday 23rd April, over 500 friends and family came together to celebrate the life of Peter 'Spike' Doriean. It was a moving ceremony, with the Eulogies given by childhood friends Emma and Damien King, sailing friends Noel Drennan and Chris Nicholson and Yachting Australia President, Andrew Plympton. There was also a video presentation put together by James and Andrew Ware. (which can be seen in the news section) It was amazing to see how many people travelled from overseas and interstate to pay their respects.
Refreshments were consumed at the Sandringham Yacht Club with many stories of Spike shared. A great night.
Moving forward, a fund has been established by Phil Coombs to provide for Jemima and Fox's education. Phil has made a significant contribution and should be applauded. We expect others to follow his lead and also contribute over the coming weeks.
The family is extremely grateful for everything that everyone has done and thanks you all.
The international sailing world was stunned on tuesday April 6 2010 by the news of the sudden death of Peter ‘Spike’ Doriean, 38, one of Australia’s best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of knowing.
Recognised as one of the most talented international sailors, Spike was in demand for the Volvo Round the world race, the America's Cup, Louis Vuitton and TP52 circuits.
Spike was in the Caribbean to compete aboard George David’s 90 foot maxi Rambler, the former Alfa Romeo I (Shockwave) at first Les Voiles de Saint Barth in St Barts. Tragically in a senseless accident, he slipped in the bathroom and sustained massive head injuries. He never regained consciousness.
Spike would have been 39 on April 13th 2010.
Spike is survived by his wife Nicki and two young children, Jemima aged 5 and Fox aged 3.
It is for his young family that we are appealing for your help. Spike was the sole provider for his young family, and his death along with the financial burden of bringing Spike home to Australia, has had a devastating impact on this young family.
Unfortunately Nicki, Jemima and Fox now face a very uncertain financial future.
Nothing is going to bring Spike back, but by supporting this appeal, you will be contributing to a fund that will be set up to help secure Nicki, Jemima and Fox's future. The fund will have the support of Yachting Australia and the guidance of a number of high profile patrons. 100% of donations will go to Spike's family.
For Jemima and Fox, we ask that you also please send any stories, memories and photos of their much loved Daddy . These will then be collated into a book for the children. Photos sent will be posted on this website as an ongoing tribute to Spike.