One of the world’s top yacht designers Ed Dubois, principal of one of the leading boatbuilders Dubois Naval Architects, has died suddenly aged 64. His legacy is the many fine and technically advanced yachts he designed, which now sail the world.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and chairman of Clipper Race, said: “All in the Clipper family will be sad to hear of the death of Ed Dubois, the internationally renowned yacht designer. He designed the very successful Clipper 68s and all those who sailed in the 68s know how seaworthy the boats were and are. We extend our sympathies to his family and his team at Ed Dubois design.”
Dubois was awarded an honorary doctorate in design by Southampton Solent University in 2004 and was a fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Royal Academy of Engineering.
Ed Dubois, born April 18 1952, died March 24 2016.
Inspiration successfully completed the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016.
The crew of 10 for this race included 5 different nationalities (France, UK, US, Hong Kong and Venezuela).
Inspiration was able to demonstrate her capabilities and performance against a number of the leading international sailing teams and some of the very best boats in the Mediterranean.
Great achievement for a team of first timers for this event.
The Spirit of Inspiration is definitely born !