Apart from the raving wind that called for discrete navigation, 2016 Melges 32 Gold Cup competition that was hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club was eventful. The competition was intensified by the addition of three more races. Three races resulted into a major shakedown with Volpe and Dick DeVos as the captain capturing the top position with a single point ahead of current world champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG. Ben Schwartz, the captain of Pisces, governed the third position, and the fourth position went to Richard Goransson on Inga. The top five was completed by Rick Devos on Delta.
The biggest story in the headlines of newspapers was a high influx of youth sailors courtesy of Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation. Every Melges 32 carried a junior sailor on board, enabling them to share experience and thrill of sailing against world best sailors. The top trophies for the best youth effort at Melges 32 went to Denver Rozzo and Michael Moss.
Other than being a champion sailor, in West Michigan, the Devos name is at the pinnacle of social clout. According to Forbes, through the family foundation, the family gave $94 million to charity work in 2014. This ranked the family 2oth among the top 50 givers. In 2013, the family had donated approximately $90 million with 13% going to faith based organizations and churches, 12 % to art and culture, and 27% going into community services and health care. 48% went into education sector this demonstrate Rick Devos commitment to improving education.
Dick Devos is the face of a family man, along with his wife Betsy they established Dick and Betsy Family Foundation back in 1989. The foundation is renowned for kick starting community projects and mainly focuses on community revitalization, public health, and education matters particularly the improvement of schools. In the past, the foundation donated heavily to Christian organization, which manages the secondary and elementary school in the state. Besides, the Foundation is renowned for its substantial donations to Education Freedom Fund, an organization that gives scholarships to disadvantaged children from low-income families to join private schools.
Dick Devos is the son of Richard and Helen Devos, and he is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in different ventures during his corporate career. He headed Amway for ten years where he was in charge of the company operations in about 50 countries. While in Amway, he was acknowledged as a transformative leader who significantly improved the company’s sales.