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early departure to historic port

Feb 14, 2008


Location: Portobello, Panama
Author: Boomer
We moved to Porvenir yesterday due to its straightforward exit to open ocean. We departed in the dark at 0500 in order to arrive in Portobello with plenty of daylight for exploring the sleepy little town. Centuries ago this port was used to load gold onto Spanish Galleons to transport back to Spain, these days it provides cruisers with a safe anchorage. Arriving with winds upwards of 30kts we witnessed a small dugout canoe get overwhelmed by the windswept water and 2 young boys, who were bailing frantically, ended up in the water. As we were launching a rescue boat a local fishing boat came to their aid. The crew went ashore for the first time on mainland Panama where they got to see a statue called “The Black Christ.” This shrine is said to have miraculous powers and attracts pilgrims from all over central America, some of which travel from as far as Costa Rica on their knees!! It was a great day on Argo.andlt;hr width=’100’/andgt;andlt;div align=’center’andgt;andlt;tableandgt;andlt;trandgt;andlt;tdandgt;andlt;