Category: Yachting News

Michigan Entrepreneur Sails Ahead of Competition

In Scuttlebutt Sailing News, youth sailors had the chance to sail with some of the best sailors in the world in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Melges 32 Gold Cup consisted of hard wins and tricky navigation that made for a fun time between all competitors. During the race, there was a tight race between American businessman and entrepreneur, Dick DeVos and world sailing champion, Alessando Rombelli. At the end of the race, the results showed Mr. DeVos as a close second to Mr. Rombelli who reclaimed his title as the world’s best sailor. 

One of the most memorable parts of this famous race was the addition of youth sailors to the race. Young aspiring sailors had the opportunity to sail with and race with some of the top sailors in the world. The infiltration of the sailors was done as a courtesy on behalf of the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation. Each junior sailor was able to experience the thrill and the excitement of racing on a vessel. The youth sailors also were able to experience the challenges that are often faced when sailing for the top prize.

Though the final day of the race has already passed, sailors are now looking forward to next year and the weather conditions and competition that the new year will bring. Among these world famous competitors is Dick DeVos who is most notably known for his contribution to his own community in Michigan. 

Dick is a businessman who has been involved with his family company for decades. Dick DeVos climbed the ladder through his company and eventually became one of the vice presidents for Amway Corporation. As a vice president, Mr. DeVos was put in charge of international sales. By the end of his aid with international sales, the sales had grown to makeup over 50 percent of the company’s overall sales. Learn more about Dick’s career at Amway in the following article: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html

Dick DeVos is not only an ambitious individual, but is also a philanthropist that loves giving back to others. Dick DeVos, and his wife, Betsy are especially strong supporters for opening and increasing the overall opportunities for education despite financial issues. Mr. DeVos has donated millions of dollars back to his community and has donated several scholarships in his name to several schools within the community. Dick DeVos is a firm believer that education is what grows an economy and what improves the overall standard of living for everyone around the world.

In addition to his foundation’s many charitable donations, Dick also has given much to political candidates and causes. His donations are well-known and have even been referenced in the popular series House of Cards which Dick talks about in this MLIVE article.