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Port Huron-Mackinac race perilous, full of horrors

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Stosh Popowich, 64, of Harrison Township holds the jib sheet as the crew looks at the sail adjustments on the sailboat Burden IV on Lake St. Clair on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.   (ROB WIDDIS/Special to the Free Press)No one has ever died in the Port Huron to Mackinac race. But that doesn't mean there haven't been plenty of dangerous moments on Lake Huron. Gordon Lightfoot's boat, the Golden Goose, was struck by lightning. A sailor from Night Train fell overboard and got tangled with the lines and sail, bobbing like a tea bag in stormy waters. Burden IV caught fire. Monkey Face nearly capsized. In 1926, only four of the 12 boats that started the first race finished because of storms. more...


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