From Portobello we did a short couple of hour trip to Isla Linton a shelter anchorage frequented mostly by yachties who often stay here for months at a time.
One Dutchman ended up marrying a local and opening a little restaurant and has been here for 12 years. At places like this you meet some very interesting people, such as the 69 year old gold prospector who had spent the last 3 years in Bolivia looking for gold and now has moved to Panama to do the same. I don’t think he was doing too well as he was living out of a van and just had all his meagre possessions stolen. We ended up shouting him a meal and few drinks, not that it was that great deal as 3 fish dinners, 5 beers and 2 wines came to the princely sum of $24.
The next part of the journey we weren’t looking forward to as the 42 miles to the San Blas islands are often quite rough and it’s usually a hard beat to windward, something you tend not to do when you are doing a trade wind circumnavigation. Fortunately the wind was from the north and we ended up doing a fast 9 knot reach all the way to Porvenir the check in place for the San Blas islands.