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For some, sailing experience is measured through harbours visited and miles logged. But, certain stretches of water pose unique challenges and their reputations hold a strange power in the imagination of all who set sail. Completing one of these passages is an initiation, a rite of passage that leads to respect of others and a new self-confidence. Yachting Monthly, the Royal Cruising Ciub Pilotage Foundation and Imray have collated a dozen or so of the milestone passages through, around and across British waters that should be on every cruising sailor’s to-do list. The resulting Rites of Passage is an inspiring and informative book which will help all sailors, from those new to cruising to the much more experienced, reach those milestones. With a nod to the 1980s book Classic Passages, and published as a series of abridged features in Yachting Monthly magazine from January 2019, the book includes expanded features, illustrated by photographs and pilotage information, about the passages and about the arrival cruising grounds including plans, tide diagrams and other key information. Passages covered include: Falmouth to Isles of Scilly (Sam Llewellyn) Lulworth to Salcombe across Lyme Bay (Megan Clay) Crossing the Thames Estuary (Peter Gibbs) Penzance to Milford Haven across the Bristol Channel (Jane Cumberlidge) West of Scotland to the coast of Northern Ireland (Norman Kean) Solent to Alderney across the Channel (Ros Hogbin) Harwich to Vlissingen across the southern North Sea (Garth Cooper) Falmouth to L’AberWrach (Jason Lawrence) Through Chenal du Four and the Raz de Sein (Nick Chavasse) Orkney to Western Isles round Cape Wrath (Hugh Stewart) Shetland to Bergen across the northern North Sea (Paul Heiney) St Kilda and back (Mary Max) Across Biscay (Madeleine Strobel).