Vale – Peter "Spike" Dorien

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16 November 2009
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9 June 2010
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Vale – Peter "Spike" Dorien

I cannot believe I am writing two vale posts in three posts. But I must. Recently across the yachting press globally it was noted that professional sailor and all round great guy Peter “Spike” Dorien had passed away in a tragic accident it appears. He was just shy of turning 39. I met Spike when he must have been around 14 years old and I was a few years older. He would cycle down to the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in the suburb of Williamstown in Melbourne and I would usually be working on the J-24 I was racing that day or other days trying to make it go faster. We got to know each other then and I knew from his passion and ability to get a ride on anything that sailed and floated he was destined for great things. Since those early days we would frequently meet up at yacht club events across Australia after IOR, IMS,AMS racing. Many of the boats I sailed on were from RYCV and we also used North Sails in the bigger boats and thats where Spike went to work until he started his many overseas racing campaigns. The weird thing is that Spike died just before he was to sail on Rambler in the Caribbean with one of my friends and sailing heroes Kenny Read. I received an email from Kenny just after Spike died and the team of Rambler were all shattered in disbelief. I missed Spike’s service back in Melbourne due to work commitments however I know he is good hands now and I want to thank people like Noel “Nitro” Drennan, Damien King and Ross Lloyd for there efforts in the past few weeks and for the kind comments they wrote about a terrific young sailor and all round top guy.

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