Re: racing rules question narrow channel
If an experienced national race referee doesn't honour the rules AND gets away with it, then there is really something very wrong with the rules.
similarly with the law: if anyone breaks the law regularly and always gets away with it - then the law gets changed.
That book sounds like a good idea, is it publicly available on the internet? The rules should be available in a wiki so that everyone can learn and the rules can evolve more naturally.