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Mackinac race sailors torn on GPS use

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FIT TO BE TIED: Jack Crawford, right, of Grand Haven is seen behind Thomas Beebe, also from Grand Haven, as Beebe ties a bumper to a post at the docking site of Windancer on Tuesday on the Black River. Beebe will be Windancer's bowman during the Port Huron-to-Mackinac race.Paul Latham doesn't have a problem with friends and family knowing his whereabouts during the Port Huron-to-Mackinac race.  But, having other competitors in the sailboat race track his course is an entirely different story.

Mackinac race sponsor Pure Michigan equipped race boats with GPS units last year so their courses could be charted between Port Huron and Mackinac Island. People could follow the boats on Pure Michigan's website -- michigan.org/gps -- and will be able to do the same this year. Last year, the website received 70,770 hits during the five days surrounding the race.

Like Latham, many sailors see pros and cons with the system.  more...


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