RITES OF PAS­SAGE

The beauty of Scilly makes this of­ten tu­mul­tuous jour­ney well worth the ef­fort, as Sam Llewellyn dis­cov­ered...

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Sam Llewellyn sets sail from Fal­mouth to Scilly on one of the UK’S clas­sic coastal routes

How do you mea­sure sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence?

For most of us it will be har­bours vis­ited and miles logged. But there’s more to it than just num­bers; cer­tain stretches of wa­ter pose unique chal­lenges and their rep­u­ta­tions hold a strange power in the minds of all who set sail.

Com­plet­ing one of these pas­sages is an initiation, a rite of pas­sage, that en­gen­ders the re­spect of oth­ers and a new self-con­fi­dence. With a nod to the 1980s YM book, Clas­sic Pas­sages, the RCC Pilotage Foun­da­tion and Im­ray have col­lated some of the mile­stone pas­sages through and around Bri­tish wa­ters that should be on ev­ery cruis­ing sailor’s to-do list. So how many have you done?

This ar­ti­cle is from the se­ries Rites of Pas­sage, com­mis­sioned by Yacht­ing Monthly, the RCC Pilotage Foun­da­tion and Im­ray, which will be avail­able as a book in 2020.

Words Sam Llewellyn

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