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

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 2012

August 11,2012
Thunder storm for the past week, a gap appears in the storm fronts so time for a sail. Winds steady out of the south 5 to 10 knots with gust 15 to 20 knots and building storm clouds.

Set the main sail first reef before leaving the slip and set the head sail at 90%, and bimini rolled up as no need for sun protection. A speedy sail to Chester and back, the gusts die as I approach for a gentle dock.

August 4, 2012
Mid-day sail, low 90's F, 0 to 5 knot breeze out of the south, a controlled drift to Chester with the last of the ebb tide and return with the flood tide.

Autohelm and bimini produced a relaxing sail.

Secure the dock lines as thunderheads build with dry lightning strikes over New Jersey. Wind still near zero as I leave the marina but quickly gusts above 35 knots.

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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)