The competition for the Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club could not have gone any smoother and could not have been any better prepared. The three races that took place of the last day of racing was reported to be a shakedown. Dick DeVos was reported to be leading the competition with a single point on Volpe with World Champion, Alessandro Rombelli leading in a close second right behind Mr. DeVos.
What made this race a special race was that the competition allowed for each vessel to carry a junior sailor on board. This was a great experience for the sailors because it enabled for them to share the thrill and excitement of grand prix sailing. In addition to this, the junior sailors were able to pickup a few sailing techniques from some of the best sailors in the world. At the end of the competition the best youth effort prizes were given to Denver Rozzo and Michael Moss.
The the actual race, with the shifting wind allowed team Rombelli to make an advance on DeVos. At the end, Rombelli finished first while DeVos finished well in second place. Dick DeVos was pleased by this and cannot wait until the next racing season to show that his comeback will be in full throttle.
Dick DeVos is not only a prominent sailor, but also is a businessman and entrepreneur who is a well respected figure in the Michigan area. Dick DeVos began his success story while working for his family’s company, Amway Corporation. Eventually, after 10 years, Mr. DeVos worked his way up to become a vice president of the company and was even put in charge of international sales. During Mr. DeVos’ time as a vice president of the company, Mr. DeVos increased the international sales to makeup 50 percent of the company’s overall sales. (Read more about Dick’s time at Amway in this MLive article)
In addition to Mr. DeVos’ success, he and his wife Betsy are prominent philanthropists that believe that giving back to the community is one of the most important parts of being successful. Dick and Betsy are both firm believers that education is one of the most important aspects of giving back to a community and have even created several scholarships funded by their charitable foundation for that reason. Dick and Betsy DeVos belief that everyone who has earned the right to be educated, should be education despite family income or certain needs that are required to pursue an education.
Dick is also involved in politics and is well-known for his donations to Republican candidates and conservative causes. His political donations were even referenced in the popular series House of Cards which you can read his thoughts on here: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html