After an ‘interesting’ exit from Isla Linton with 30+ knots of wind and seas of 3 metres we had an exceedingly fast passage to Portobello (discovered by Columbus in 1502). Once we were tucked into the bay all the weather on the north coast became just a memory, so it is easy to understand why Portobello became such an important shipping centre for the Spanish empire. The large bay is surrounded by fortifications which we walked around. The town is most famous for its church with the extraordinary statue of the Black Christ. Once a year, on October 21st, pilgrims from as far as Costa Rica crawl on their knees to pay homage. Otherwise the town is colourful with lots of bars and restaurants and the most wonderful gaudily painted ‘chicken’ buses – we’re looking forward to taking a ride on one.