"Use it or lose it!"
That's what they say.
Whoever they are.
It's certainly true about Laser sailing as I discovered last week.
I went sailing on Monday in Bristol and again on Saturday from Seapowet Beach on the Sakonnet River.
Both days the wind was in the south and strong enough to stir up some nice juicy waves and chop.
Both days were a bit of a challenge to me.
It's not just that I hadn't exercised my Laser sailing muscles on the water for three months.
It's also that my boat-handling skills seemed to have deteriorated seriously during the layoff.
I was awful at working the boat upwind through the waves.
I was clumsy and incompetent in the tacks.
I managed to capsize on one of the few occasions I felt brave enough to gybe.
But I did have a blast on the reaches and runs.
Once again I was sailing on my own.
I did invite some friends to come with me.
But they all had excuses.
The most creative excuse was one person who said she was having an "electric plate party."
I have no idea what an "electric plate party" is.
Is it some American tradition that I haven't come across in the 25 years I have lived here?
Whatever it is, it's apparently more fun than Laser sailing in waves on the Sakonnet, hard as it is to believe that.
This is all I could find about electric plates on the Google….
The last one looks like a fun party, but surely that's not what my friend was suggesting?