Dick DeVos Leads the Pack on Second Day of Gold Cup Sailboat Races


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Sailing News | Posted on 24-02-2016

At the end of Day Two of the 2016 Gold Cup Melges 32 sailboat races in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Dick DeVos led the field by one point and his son Rick DeVos wound up in fifth place on Delta. The Melges 32 is a type of small sailboat commonly used for racing. The Gold Cup is hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club. (LYC). Dick DeVos sailed Volpe. Alessandro Rombelli, the current World Champion, sailed STIG to trail DeVos by just one point. Thanks to the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF), the day was junior day at the Gold Cup. Therefore, every sailboat competing in the Gold Cup carried a junior sailor as part of the crew. That gave young aspiring sailors a chance to learn about grand prix competition by participating in it. In the Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta Michael Moss and Denver Rozzo won trophies for best youth effort. The second race of the day, Race Four, was one of the most difficult the Gold Cup has seen for a long time. That was caused by many patches devoid of breeze throughout the course, both upwind and downwind. The wind was also inconsistent and difficult for Race Five, the last one of the day, but DeVos pulled out the win. The Gold Cup continued the next day.

As the son of one of the co-founders of Amway, Dick DeVos was born to entrepreneurship. He remembers helping to send out shipments as a boy, when Amway’s warehouse and distribution center was in the family’s basement. He joined the payroll before he turned 20. He worked for the network marketing company in many various capacities, including expanding its overseas operations to half the company’s profits (Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). In 1993 he succeeded his father as President, and remained there until he left in 2002 to head his own company, The Windquest Group, a private investment firm.

DeVos is also the author of several books, including Rediscovering American Values. In 1990 he and his wife Betsy set up the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation to donate to charitable causes in the Grand Rapids Michigan area. Some of the groups which have received money from the DeVos Foundation include: Mars Hill Bible Church, Calvin College, the American Education Reform Council and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 

Learn more about Dick DeVos on newnetherlandinstitute.org.

Besides sailing, aviation is another interest and activity of DeVos. He founded a charter high school devoted to flying.

He also has taken interest in politics and famously donates to many Republican candidates and causes which he speaks about freely in this MLive article.

Comments (1)

Interesting to see Dick get himself involved in other activities that is different from what he does in the business world and having fun some time is good. Even as essayvikings paper writing provides exceptional skills that seems to revolve round the personality of Dick Divos I think most people who don’t know him personally can now get a better view of him. He seems to know his way around the sport and portraying such a skill is just great for those that follow him up.

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