Thanks for posting this.
It is interesting to read accounts about people not knowing their position before the advent of GPS, almost like reading logs where a ship waits for the wind to begin moving again.
I remembering reading someone say that the GPS system frees sailors to do pure sailing, in other words, not spend time messing around with plotting their position, so indeed it is strange that with all the labor and time-saving devices now available, more people don't take part in adventures like the Great Ocean Race. That said, I find that the more instruments you have on a boat, the more time you spend watching the instruments, not the water or sky. I took a friend sailing once and he spent the ENTIRE time staring at our course on his GPS.