Australian sailor dies aged 38 after fall

The sailing world has been stunned by news of the sudden death of Australian Peter ‘Spike’ Doriean (38). Recognised as one of the most talented sailors in international racing, Spike was in demand during the Volvo Ocean Race, the America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Trophy and TP52 circuits.

Spike died in an accident on Monday 5 April, apparently after slipping over and falling to the floor in his bathroom. He was in the Caribbean to compete at the first Les Voiles de Saint Barth, on board George David’s Rambler. His wife Nicki is currently travelling out there. No further details have been released.

Rambler skipper Kenny Reed stated that his crew were very distressed, but it was their will that his memory should be honoured by them taking part in the event.

Our sympathies go out to Nicki and all of Peter’s family.