The annual Sports Dinner at The Poynton retirement village was testment to the hard work put in by Jan Ellin, The Poynton's sports coordinator. A "full house" of more than 100 diners in early October gathered for drinks and to admire the replica America's Cup on display in the Poynton's lounge area before adjourning to the dining room, where dinner was complemented by an address from Glen Sowry. Glen, CEO of The Poynton's parent company Metlifecare, was a professional sailor until his early 30s, sailing with Sir Peter Blake's on two Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race campaigns. He subsequently helmed the back-up boat for the New Zealand challenge for the 1991/92 America's Cup, and was a watch captain for the 1993/94 Whitbread race on the winning New Zealand Endeavour. Who better to provide insights into the competitive world of professional yacht racing?