For those of us land-bound by 2 feet of snow maybe you are up to some ROR challenges. I just finished "Farwell's Rules of the Nautical Road" over 600 pages and my eyes are still bleeding.
It is the definitive work on the ROR and their legal interpretation.
So as a disclaimer I know the answer. Those of you who have the book may want to wait a little to get some dumb answers from others. We can make fun of them in fine sailnet fashion.
So for the first question in multiple parts:
- Are the COLREGS rules or regulations?
- What is the difference?
- How does this difference have a practical effect on the behavior of a skipper?
If you don't have the book go ahead and guess, I dare you.
Note to self Page 36