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Indian Ocean Net (IO Net) Now Closed

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 06, 2010 07:14 PM

Published: 2010-06-06 19:14:34
Topics: Communications
Countries: Egypt , India , Malaysia , Seychelles , Sri Lanka , Thailand , Yemen

Dear Noonsite,

Just to let you know that the Indian Ocean Net, aka The IO Net, has now closed after helping cruising yachts across 6000 miles of ocean through Malaysia and Thailand, the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Just about all the yachts involved (nearly 100) have now safely arrived in the Med, with no reports of piracy.

Many thanks go out to all the volunteer Net Controllers who gave their time and energy to make it work.

Also thanks to those who helped out with radio relays and huge amounts of useful information. This was not just through the daily weather forecasts, but also the hundreds of pieces of information that were shared, saving many of us much time, money and hassle - not to mention increasing our enjoyment by passing on tips on anchorages and interesting places to visit. More serious help was facilitated including emergency fuel supplies, medical and technical advice and towing arrangements. Finally the net helped us all keep in touch and indeed we've all made many more friends as a result. Thank you all for being part of it.

The IO Net is now merged with the existing net serving the Med - the Med Net. This is on daily on at 0530 UTC on 8122kHz USB. Also operating in the Med is the Dragnet which is on at 0600 UTC on 6516kHz USB.


Guy & Annika Oury
Yacht Street Legal, Turkey