BRIS­TOL CHAN­NEL BOATERS

Practical Boat Owner - - Cruising -

Jenny Den­ton and Brenda Steven­ton Boat Trader 445 Zenith Berth Swansea Ma­rina

‘Jen and Bren’ are ex­pe­ri­enced Bris­tol Chan­nel hands. In the 1990s their Corvette 32 was based in Stour­port up the Sev­ern and they took her down-Chan­nel ev­ery sea­son. Be­cause they en­joyed th­ese waters so much, Jen and Bren even­tu­ally moved to Swansea Ma­rina and changed the Corvette for a Trader 41. In 2006 they bought Zenith, a Trader 445 Sig­na­ture.

From Swansea they got to know the Gower an­chor­ages, es­pe­cially Oxwich and Pwlldu (Black Pool in Welsh), a se­cluded pebble beach east of Pwlldu Head. Oc­ca­sion­ally they ‘popped over to Il­fra­combe for an ice cream’.

Fur­ther west, they love the bays in Mil­ford Haven and go­ing out to Skomer. Pad­stow is a favourite, some­times via Lundy. I met Jen and Bren when they kindly bought one of my books at a sign­ing ses­sion. Their en­thu­si­asm for the Chan­nel con­tin­ued and, as Jen re­marked:

“It has taught us our craft well”.

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