8/12/2010  A message from Nicki

 Dear Friends

As the sun sets on another year I can reflect on the year that was......2010.

Jemima started Prep at Guardian Angels School. She was eager to learn, love, share and play - and so far she's achieved all this and more.   She was awarded The Virtue of Kindness award from her teacher and classmates, which was a great achievement for her and teary one for me.  She's excelled in school and sports and joined the swim squad, convincing Spike and I to put in a pool.

After spending a week in Sanctuary Cove for Gundy & Sarah's wedding, Spike gave the pool the "go ahead" and I couldn't get to the phone quick enough. The following week our backyard became a construction site and by March we got to splash and enjoy.  Not quite deep enough for Spike and his bomb-dives but all good for the kids and me.

Fox our rascal son is the image of Spike, very cheeky and challenging.  He's a busy little boy who loves to attempt different skateboard tricks, has a great left foot kick, enjoys loud music and hard rock, loves Batman and action movies.   But like his Dad, he's really a big softy, who loves cuddles and bear hugs.   

For us! 2010 was a life changing experience with the loss of Spike in April.  I traveled to the US and onto the Caribbean with Noel Drennan and Damien King, where we were faced the deep sadness.  During that time I got to share rare moments with the crew from Rambler and realised this news had shocked the sailing community.

Extraordinary fundraising events took place over the year from the AC Bar in Rhode Island, Mid-Winter Etchells in Mooloolaba and Hamilton Island Race Week.  The crew members from Rambler, Qantum, Wild Oats,  Oracle, Artemis have shown such an incredibly high level of support and friendship.  

Certainly boat owners and special individuals have also shared great memories and continue to help me secure our children's future.  

We've kept busy with friends and family with days out on the water including  a camping trip on Moreton Island with 18 kids and 12 adults during the school holidays.  The kids loved sleeping in a tent and discovering the wildlife, swimming, surfing, whale watching and sand boarding down the dunes. 

With all that, I also manage to get to work 3 days a week at the North Sails Brisbane Loft with Squark & Vaughan.  The boys keep me busy and its good to enjoy a laugh.  It also makes me feel at home being part of the Norths Family who Spike loved so much.

Not only have there been sailing friends of Pete's who have been there for me, but my close School mum's and their extended families.  A girls trip away sightseeing, drinking cocktails and shopping for my birthday made it easy to celebrate my special day. 

We are getting our lives together and Jemima, Fox and I seem to be coming to terms with our loss.  A day doesn't pass where I don't think of him, we still talk about him and I share happy memories with the kids.

From here in Brisbane, we wish you all a  joyous holiday and festive season and the very best for 2011.

Please stay in touch.

With Love Always. Nicki, Jemima & Fox xxoo


 29/4/2010  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.


Hi All,

Here is a link to download the video presentation my brother and I put together for Spikey's memorial service. Thanks to everyone who sent photos and especially Luke and Sally Molloy who sourced the video footage. 


James Ware


Spike's memorial service will be held on 

Cnr New St and Church St Brighton, Victoria

The wake will be held afterwards at the Sandringham Yacht Club.

Jetty Road Sandringham, Victoria 
All welcome.


We would like to let everyone know that Nicki, Jemima and Fox are overwhelmed and appreciate everyone's support. We would like to confirm that 100% of all monies donated have been and will continue to be dispersed to Nicki and the kids for immediate financial commitments. This fund will be independently audited and overseen by Peter's executors and accountant.


Hi All,

We have an update from the Caribbean. After spending the weekend with the crew of Rambler in Saint Barth, Nicki, Damien and Noel today travelled back to St Maartin to organise getting Peter home. The autopsy will be done on Thursday but the results will take a few days to come through. There is no more they can do now so they are coming home. All going well, Pete's body will be flown home following the autopsy.

Nicki and Peter's family and friends thank you all for your support through this time. We will keep you updated with any further information that comes to hand and they thank you for your patience. Funeral plans will be forthcoming on their return from overseas.

It's Spike's birthday today (13th April). We will be having drinks at Sandringham Yacht Club from 4.30. Everyone welcome.

If you haven't made a donation yet and would like to, please go to the Assist now page

The photo is of Nicki steering Rambler over the finish line in the last race in Saint Barth.

12/04/2010   A big thankyou to all who have offered support and donated funds!

The response from the sailing community and friends of the family has been overwhelming.  The generosity and support that has been offered to Nicki and her family will greatly assist over the difficult times ahead.

12/04/2010  Peter 'Spike' Doriean - The Friendship Ambassador