Our condolences go out to yacht designer Bob Perry, who suddenly lost his 30-year-old son Spike to an infection on April 1st. Spike was a well known crew member with a strong passion for the sport. Bob posting on Sailing Anarchy’s forum on April 2nd:
“I don’t want to burden you with this, but you are my sailing family. My 30-year-old son, Spike, died last night from a viral infection. We will have a real Irish wake for him. For now I am in this surreal world. But I know we all loved sailors and Spike was one of those you didn’t need to tell what to do. He had grown up sailing from day one and he always knew what to do. I’m going to miss my son.”
There has been a huge outpouring of support for Bob and his family. Sailing Anarchy says, “The sailing community has come together to establish a fund in Spike Perry’s name at the Seattle Maritime Academy where Spike was a student in the years 2003 and 2004. The fund will provide scholarship money in honor of Spike and the Perry family, helping deserving kids from the Perry’s hometown waters learn more about sailing, seamanship and the region’s rich maritime traditions.”
For more information, go to www.sailinganarchy.com.