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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October 2012

October 31, 2012
Afternoon high tide Fox Grove Marina;

October 30, 2012
Sandy has now moved into central PA as a tropical storm, the Philadelphia area was lucky with localized damage and power outages, but major highways are open. The surge in the Delaware River while above flood stage produced very localized flood in areas that normally flood. River levels for the rest of the week are predicted to return to normal.


October 29, 2012
Sandy will make landfall near Atlantic City NJ this evening then cross South Jersey to Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.

October 27, 2012
Haul-out before the storm, the season is over.

Potential for stormy weather to end the month, no sailing this weekend.. If the projected path holds true then we can expect a potential storm surge in the Delaware Bay and River, followed by flooding later from heavy rain up-stream in the watershed. The storm is slowing its progress so tropical storm conditions will be present for more than a few days. Expect a large surge and flooding for at least a week.

Late October monday afternoon sail at Essington10-22-2012

Afternoon sun over Little Tinicum Island

Little Tinicum Island

West end of Little Tinicum Island

Lazzareto and float plane dock

Corinthian Yacht Club


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)