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

Friday, August 15, 2014

August 2014

Craigville Beach MA

Craigville MA

Woods Hole MA Bascule Bridge

Writers Cabin Cape Cod Dunes

Provincetown MA


  1. Great! How do you like the way she sails with this new rig? Is she faster?

    Looks great, keep us posted!

  2. Yesterday the winds were light with some gusting,the full battens has better control in gusts and more power in light winds. The full batten keeps the sail in a more air-foil shape going to about 30 deg to wind, without battens the luff would lose shape and back wind..

    I have sailed in winds above 15 kn with the lug without battens but not yet with battens, I suspect control will be better but probably not much faster than the bermuda rig or lug rig except in light winds..

    Labor day weekend will be the true test, sailing from Essington down the Delaware though the C&D to the Chesapeake to Rock Hall and back to Essington. 4 or 5 days round trip.

    Are you hauled for major refit yet or taking advantage of the very pleasant weather we have been having..



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)