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

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday August 16, 2008

Saturday August 16, 2008

Morning sail, 5 to 10 kmot breeze out of the north with gusts to 15.

Sail with the flood tide on a beam reach to the airport. Jib of Billingsport and close reach to Mifflin Dike. The wind direction changes from northwest then west with building gusts.

To pass between Mifflin Dike and Little Tinicum my course is northwest then west to the marina. Approaching Mifflin Dike with full sails the boat is now stationary against the maximum flood. Motor on and drop the genoa, pass Mifflin Dike, cut the motor and tack into the wind but after a few tacks I have not made any forward progress against the flood tide with respect to folks fishing at the UPS terminal.

Motor sail to the marina where the power boats are loading with beer for an afternoon at the island beach party off the mouth of the Schuylkill.

A LNG carrier at the airport dock, when in transit it will have a coast guard and marine police escort.

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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)