“Part of me thinks I wasn’t very imaginative, because I was set on this one course. On the other hand, it’s really handy if you know what you want to do.” His single-mindedness allowed him to select the courses best suited to his goal. He earned a spot in the boat and yacht design program at Southampton College of Technology, now known as University of Southampton. He entered the program in 1971, a year after its founding. Each year at Southampton comprised three terms, two of 10 weeks each and a third (summer) working in the marine industry. “No one gave you a job. You had to find one.” Dubois got a job with a boatyard on the island of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands off the southern coast of England. There, he worked at building and repairing boats. During this stint, he met a restaurateur who wanted crew to help him deliver his Sparkman & Stephens-designed 31-foot sailboat from Southampton to Jersey. That trip, in bad weather, earned a spot for Dubois on the owner’s regular crew.