Very sad news indeed, Thanks for the post Neil.
In about 1980, I was lucky enough to race one Mr Haines' Factory owned Offshore Race Boats in Class II. It was a black 26 footer, fitted with 3 x 280hp V6 Hi Preformance Mercs. I'll never forget that wonderful experience.
A BIG thank you is forever owed to John Haines, Kevin Wyld and John Troy of Mercury Marine for arranging that very special opportunity.
Result: 1st Outright and 1st in class. Yes, we even managed to beat the bigger and faster Class 1 giants at their own game on that day.
Here is a link to the real Haines website.
It proves for some interesting reading.http://www.haines-marine.com.au/content.aspx?pageID=7&mainID=4