Home Port; on the Delaware River at Fox Grove Marina Essington PA.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday July 1, 2008

Tuesday July 1, 2008
Mid 80's F and 5 to 10 knots out off the southwest.

The sail track entry on the mast was located for the old sail slug locations, but this was to high above the goose neck for the lower slug of the new sail, so I made a new aluminum track slide retainer for the new sail slugs with an entry just above the goose neck. Now when I drop sails the slugs fall into the retainer track, and are stopped with a track stop slug, making it a lot easier to stack the sail on the boom and to hoist the sail.

Finished fine tuning the track entry with a file and went for an early afternoon sail. The new mainsail reaches well and makes good progress within 30 deg of the wind, but the old headsail produces weather helm on any wind between a-beam and bow, the former mainsail was porous enough to underpower the boat and produced less weather helm. Until I replace the headsail, sailing bow to wind will be with mainsail only.

Came about and raced with the wind off the aft starboard quarter against an ebb tide wing on wing with the jib headsail balanced starboard and mainsail on port.
A dock neighbor also with an older boat from the 70's, was crew on a larger race boat a few weeks ago and lost 2 finger in a winch. The accident left him with the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand, so today was his first sail to see how to adapt his sailing.

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Ulladh pronounced "ul-la" (null lad).

Uladh the gaelic spelling for the territory of the U-Nail chieftains in the ancient Irish province of Ulster (English/Norse), originally the counties of Down and Antrim, but now including Derry, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, also referred to as Ulidia (Greek/Roman),.

Uladh was the home of a pre-celtic, cruithne (crew-en-ya) pictish tribe, who may have been descendants of prehistoric tribes indigenous to the British Isles since the retreat of the last ice age.

Archeological finds date first inhabitants to about 6,000 BC and trade goods from Rathlin Island, County Antrim off the northeast coast of Ireland made from porcellanite stone appearing in Egypt and Crete by 2,500 BC.

The early tribes of Ireland where displaced by later waves of migrants from mainland Europe; about 1700 BC by bronze age tribes, celtic tribes about 500 BC, and in the past two millenia; Roman trading posts, Viking settlements, English plantations... and in the 21st century a welcome increasing diversity from the European Union and the world.

SV Ulladh (for vhf clarity I use "sailing vessel ul-la") is named for the territory of the first peoples to settle in Ireland after the retreat of the last ice age.


Since 1949 Fisksatra Varv in the coastal town of Fisksatra Sweden, built fiberglass boats from dinghies to a 300 ton minesweeper for the Swedish Navy.

The Havsfidra 20's were built between 1968 and the late 1970's to Swedish Navy and Lloyd's certification standards.

The Havsfidra 20 and a larger version the Storfidra 26 where sold in the United States by Continental Yachts and Trawler Agency of Atlantic City NJ.

Havsfidra; sea-feather?
(fidra; to touch or tickle with a feather -Icelandic-English Dictionary, Clarendon Press 1874)