Guide buoy

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noun - Guide buoy is a distinctively shaped, colored or marked float, sometimes carrying a signal, signals or logos, anchored to mark a race course, channel, anchorage or swimming hazard in an open water swimming competition. It can also be referred to as an intermediate buoy.

Turn buoys are directional in nature and must be passed on a specific side of the body as race instructions dictate. Intermediate buoys or guide buoys are directional in nature, but can be passed on either side as the swimmers choose.

The swimmers had to go around four guide buoys in the 10-kilometer course.

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Origin

1425–75; late ME boye.

Synonyms

can, float, turn buoy, buoy, intermediate buoy

Types of Buoys

Origin

Middle English spere, from Old French espere, from Latin sphaera, from Greek sphaira. Plus, 1425–75; late ME boye a float

Synonym

can, float

Types of Turn Buoys

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