Originally Posted by svmariane
"Red Right Return" will put you on the rocks in Europe
, or So'West Pacific.
Outside North American, upon approach, we line up our Nav lights red/green with the buoy colours or lights.
Gonna have to check before we head
to Central or South America
Yeah. As an adolescent my best mate and me talked each other into selling all our prized possessions, to go halves on a 20' offshore-capable sailing yacht. The only sailing rules information we had was a book for beginning sailors, about which I remember only the following:
1) It had a nice blue cover and excellent, evocative drawings
2) It was published in the US
3) From it, we learned the rule
"Red Right Returning", which we would dutifully chant.
As luck would have it, in 'those days', our home port of Lyttelton (for reasons concealed in the mists of antiquity) had the lights on the ends of the moles reversed, so that this rule
This meant that the mis-learning remained undetected until we ventured further afield. The lights on the harbour moles have since been corrected.
By this time the rhyme was too deep-rooted to eradicate, so we taught ourselves a new mnemonic, which I still use (I have not yet sailed in US waters): "Red Right Returning wRong"