Sunsets: Peter "Spike" Doriean

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.Trimmer on Movistar in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race and member of the News Corp team in 2001-2002, he was also a regular in the TP 52
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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.

Trimmer on Movistar in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race and member of the News Corp team in 2001-2002, he was also a regular in the TP 52 circuit on Audi Q8, in the America’s Cup and took part in manyl Sydney-Hobart races.

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.

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"It is unbelievable," said Kenny Read, crew on Rambler and skipper of PUMA in the last Volvo Ocean Race. "There's a guy who has been through the Southern Ocean a dozen times and is one of the toughest guys you'll ever meet, ever, in any sport. We are all in a state of complete shock and were going to cancel the event but his wife Nicki has asked if the boat can sail in his honor. It may be the best thing for everyone but it is a hard decision - everyone wants to do it for Spike."

Spike is survived by his wife Nicki and two young children, Jemima aged 5 and Fox aged 3.

To share stories and memories of Spike, and to assist his family during this time of great need, please visit http://www.dorieanfamilyappeal.com.

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