At the Junior Day of Melges 32 Gold Cup, while both the first and the second day were spectacular with the event of three races that are added to the scoreboard, with these three races were a big success. On this day, Dick DeVo’s lead by a single point, but with Alessandro Rombelli, who is the reigning world champ, close behind. The first race of the day, and race three of the series, was started under a beautiful day, which consisted of a slight breeze, lots of sunshine and calm seas. On this day, both DeVo’s and Rombelli got good starts and headed left to get good pressure. However, the shifting breeze gave afforded teams, such as Rombelli an opportunity for advancement. At the end of the day, at the finish of the race, Rombelli got the win after outpacing DeVos. However, DeVo’s finished just behind him in second place. The forth race in the series was possibly one of the toughest, as the competitors sailed for a long time. And on the five-leg and the final race of the day, thing’s didn’t get easier, as a puff of breeze came in pushing the speed from five to ten in a matter of seconds. During the downwind of the shifts and puffs, Dick DeVo’s was able to advance to eleven positions of the downwind of round second at the gate. DeVo’s continued took a big gain in a final weather mark, as he extended for a win. In the end of the race, DeVo’s came out on top for the USA with a score of 20.
Dick DeVo’s is an business man and entrepreneur from Michigan, and has been the CEO of a customer goods company that he has been worked for from 1993 to 2002. He has worked for the business of Amway, Orlando Magic and Amway/Alticor. He is also the founder and
president of the Dick and Betsy DeVo’s Foundation, which is a Grand Rapids foundation that has given thousands of dollar donations to artistic, educational, religious, civic, community and free-market organizations since 1990. Some of the organizations they donate to include Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Kids Hope USA and the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, amongst many others. And in 2010, the West Michigan Aviation Academy was opened under DeVo’s direction, being the first aviation public charter high school in the nation. And in September of 2010, DeVos was presented with the Art of Giving Award from the Spectrum Health Foundation.