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

Sail Planning 2012

May 5-6
Splash will be in early April, and I will be itching for a longer day sail by May. So May 5 day sail to Delaware City and Cinco de mayo celebration, then day sail back to Essington on May 6.

June 8-11
Essington PA to Delaware City Friday June 8, 5:30 AM departure (high tide 4:24, sunrise 5:33)
Reedy point arrive about noon half way through the flood in the C&D, and may make summit before the tide change, with some slow motoring to Chesapeake City.
Depart Chesapeake City 5:30 AM for Maryland YC Rock Creek (south of the Patasco/Baltimore) Saturday June 9
Depart Rock Creek 5:30 AM for Delaware City Sunday June 10
Depart Delaware City 4:15 AM for Essington Monday June 11

August 24
Depart Essington PA at 6:50AM high tide for Hancock Harbor on the Cohansey NJ
August 25
Depart Hancock Harbor 5:00AM high tide for Lewis DE

?Lewes DE, Indian River Inlet DE,Ocean City MD, Assateague and Chincoteague VA, Cape May NJ ?
Income generation may abbreviate this trip, 2012 is proving to be a better year than 2011 for the construction industry:
The summer boat trip due to work commitments will be abbreviated at Lewes;

Down the Delaware to Lewes DE, and a few weeks on the lower bay with an excursion beyond Cape Henlopen;

Essington - Delaware City - Cohansey Creek - Lewis - Bidwell Creek - Cohansey Creek - Delaware City - Essington

The Assateague -Chincoteague trip will be another time.
-Depart Lewes DE for Indian River Inlet DE 23nm ocean sailing. Overnight at anchor off Burton Island just inside the inlet. New bridge is complete but the old bridge is schedule for demolition the last week of June 2012, so check with DELDOT before entry.
New Indian River Inlet Bridge by Skanska.
New bridge has 45ft clearance in navigable section, old bridge was 35ft


-Depart Indian River Inlet DE for Ocean City MD 22nm ocean sailing. Overnight at Ocean City
-Or Lewes De to Ocean City MD 45nm ocean sailing.

Ocean Inlets to be planned for slack water with moderate ocean swell.

Verrazano Bridge to Assateague MD
Sinepuxent Bay
35ft clearance


-Inside to Chincoteague inlets and a visit to Assateeague. US Corp of Engineers will be dredging inlet January 2012.

Chincoteague Inlet

Dredge Head

New Chincoteague Bascule Bridege 


-Outside or inside return to Ocean City or overnight to Cape May inlet
-Overnight in Cape May Harbor one or two days
-Cape May Canal to the bay
-Cohansey, Delaware City and Essington.

Chesapeake Bay
Essington -Chesapeake City
Chesapeake City - Rock Hall
Rock Hall - Annapolis
Annapolis - Galesville
Eastern shore destinations?
St Michaels, Oxford, Choptank River?
Western shore destinations?

November 2012
Essington - Delaware City - Essington?


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)