From Openwaterpediafloat in the shape of a sphere or circle, anchored in the water to mark the course for open water swimmer or triathletes. Turn buoys are directional in nature and must be passed on a specific side of the body as race instructions dictate.
There are four spherical buoys throughout the race course that the swimmers must go around to finish.
Middle English spere, from Old French espere, from Latin sphaera, from Greek sphaira. Plus, 1425–75; late ME boye a float
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- Triangular pyramid buoy or tetrahedron buoy
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- Spherical buoy
- Salmon egg buoy
- Custom buoy of a specific dimension and shape
- Rectangular buoy
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