Rules of the Road Memory Aides

We published this article a couple of years ago but thought it might be a good reminder as we head into the boating season.

Over 125 years ago, Captain Eldridge set to poetry the most essential aspect of the Rules of the Road (COLREGs.) From this, the renowned Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book, the marine industry’s most respected tide and current reference guide since 1874, was born.

The Rule of the Road
When all three lights I see ahead,
I turn to Starboard and show my Red

Green to Green, Red to Red,
Perfect Safety — Go Ahead.

But if to Starboard Red appear,
It is my duty to keep clear.

To act as judgment says is proper:
To Port or Starboard, Back or Stop her.

And if upon my Port is seen
A Steamer’s Starboard light of Green,

I hold my course and watch to see
That Green to Port keeps Clear of me.

Both in safety and in doubt
Always keep a good look out.

In Danger, with no room to turn,
Ease her, Stop her, Go Astern.

 

Mnemonics For Light Identification

Day
shape
RED
WHITE
RED
Red, White, Red
Restricted Ability Ahead
RED
RED
Red over Red
The Captain Is Dead
Vessel not under command
RED
RED
RED
Three Reds in a Row
No Room Below
Constrained by draft – (International only)
RED
WHITE
Red Over White
Fishing at night
RED
GREEN
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Sailing Machine
 
WHITE
RED
White Over Red
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YELLOW
YELLOW
Yellow Over Yellow
A pushing or Hip Towing Fellow (Inland only)
 
GREEN
WHITE
Green Over White
Trawling at Night
YELLOW
WHITE
Yellow Over White
My Towline is Tight
Dayshape is shown when tow exceeds 200 meters
 GREEN
GREEN- GREENYELLOW
       Green
Green   Green

 

Three Greens in a Cross
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GREEN to GREEN, RED to RED – Perfect Safety Go Ahead

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