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

Sail Planning 2014

May 2014
Delaware City Cinco de Mayo

Saturday May 3 8:00 AM depart Essington PA for Delaware City DE
Sunday May 4 11:00 AM depart Delaware City DE for Essington PA

See post for May 2014 http://sv-ulladh-log.blogspot.com/2014/05/may-2014.html

June 2014
Havre de Grace/Perryville

Thursday June 12 depart Essington PA for Delaware City DE.
Friday June 13 depart Delaware City DE for Chesapeake City MD.
Saturday June 14 depart Chesapeake City MD for Havre de Grace/Perryville MD
Sunday June 15 depart Perryville MD for Chesapeake City MD
Monday June 16 depart Chesapeake City MD for Essington PA


August 21, 2014 

Morning sail, departed my end-tee but the outboard offset on the stern bracket could not produce enough thrust to make way with the current to clear a triple piling on the adjacent marina. Most of the boat cleared the piling but the outboard on the canoe stern whacked the piling hard snapping of the outboard bracket and taking a chunk of hull (4"x6") with it.

I tied up to the neighboring marina end-tee and arranged a tow and haul-out at my marina, the motor still attached to its control lines and a security line was recovered and is now at the mechanics for draining and pickling.

So.....my season is over..
The boat is out early this year. Motor repair will be at least 3 weeks, maybe mid-September, maybe later.

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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)