Sound Effect does the big U

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Black Christ

28 October 2011
Sound Effect went ashore Wednesday to visit the town of Portobello. This is where treasure was transshipped to Spain for many years, and home of extensive trading for years after but now is a sleepy laid back village with a history. More fort remains on the town side as well that we briefly toured.
The most famous feature now is the "Black Christ" This statue's origin is not actually known, but we read about the most probable origins in a book we borrowed from a fellow cruiser to read about the history of the famous town.
We had a fruit drink at Captain Jacks high on hill where you can get wifi and mingle with other gringos.
We met a father , son, grandson combo who had arrived that day from Grenada aboard a newly purchased catamaran. They had planned to sail all the way to Hawaii, but were having second thoughts as the boat pounds when going to windward which they had been doing for the previous month.
We tried to assure them that it would get better from here on but they had decided to haul the boat and leave it at Shelter Bay for a season and try again some other time.
We left Portobello, on Thursday morning and sailed to Linton a much talked about anchorage and found at least 40 boats anchored. We went through Linton, out the back through a small channel and on to Isla Grande where we are anchored with only two other boats. We will leave in the morning to go about 40 miles to Porvenir, the beginning of the Kuna Yala (San Blas)
Vessel Name: Sound Effect
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour385
Hailing Port: Tacoma WA
Crew: Jim & Connie Merritt
About: Jim and Connie have been sailing since 1975 and have owned four different boats. Racing and cruising Puget Sound Jim has earned a 100 Ton Coast Guard License and US sailing instructor credentials
Extra: Dreaming about full time cruising for20yrs, Jim and Connie have been actively planning for 5 years since participating in the 2005 BaJa Ha Ha
Sound Effect's Photos - Main
Slip Away tipped on the Okachobbe to transit the railroad bridge
5 Photos
Created 14 November 2012
Mayan ruins in Mexico
18 Photos
Created 29 March 2012
Side trip to Tikal and flores from Rio Dulce
15 Photos
Created 20 February 2012
15 Photos
Created 12 February 2012
Sound Effect transits the canal October 10-11 2011
17 Photos
Created 14 December 2011
12 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
9 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
Boat trip up the estuary known as the jungle cruise
17 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Bird Sanctuary
16 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Train ride to Copper Canyon January 2011
24 Photos
Created 23 January 2011
45 Photos
Created 21 December 2010
Sailing Cabo to Sea and back to La Paz
18 Photos
Created 28 November 2010
San Diego to Cabo
43 Photos
Created 6 November 2010
10 Photos
Created 8 October 2010
Two Harbors to Avalon
13 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
12 Photos
Created 8 September 2010
Delivery of Sound Effect to San Francisco
5 Photos
Created 29 August 2010

Who: Jim & Connie Merritt
Port: Tacoma WA