Day Two of the 2016 Gold Cup sailing competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, presented by the Lauderdale Yacht Club proved to be simply amazing! So competitive was the racing, officials increased the competition with the addition of three more races.
On the day, three races turned everything topsy-turvy as Volpe, captained by philanthropist and entrepreneur Dick DeVos captured the top spot ahead of current world champion and captain of STIG, Alessandro Rombelli. Third place is governed by Pisces captain Ben Schwartz, who took part in an altercation in the fifth race. Fourth and fifth place went to Richard Goransson’s Inga, hailing from Sweden and Rick DeVos, captain of Delta. As competitive as the races were, the newspaper headlines will speak of the influx of junior sailors in this year’s competition that hail from the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation. A junior sailor was a member of each Melges 32 crew, allowing them to get right into the thick of things and experience the spirit and competitive nature of sailing against the world’s best Grand Prix sailors. Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta top honors for junior sailors went to Denver Rozzo and Michael Moss
Windy conditions out on the water impacted the day’s results beginning with the first race, where Captain Rombelli of STIG out maneuvered Dick DeVos with Volpe, for first and Ben Schwarts placed third with Pisces. The most eventful race of the day was Race Four where Team Pisces kept a commanding lead throughout the course and won, in spite of areas where the breeze fizzled to almost non-existence.
DeVos has a deep belief in the need for education, as he served on the State Board of Education. Dick established the Education Freedom Fund, a program that provides underprivileged kids in Michigan with scholarships. He also created the West Michigan Aviation Academy, an institution that inspires individuals with an interest in aeronautical science.
Dick is a renowned businessman and philanthropist. Every place he sets foot in turns to success. A graduate of Northwood University in Michigan, Dick DeVos is an acclaimed and honored National Champion sailor. He has a deep commitment to community initiatives, such as in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His involvement transformed Grand Rapids, into a revitalized community with a new arena, convention center, and hospital.
His career began with his father’s company, Amway which is a multi-level marketing company (Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). He is also known for his great political donations and leanings which you can read more about in the following MLive article.