noun - A banana buoy or sausage buoy is a distinctively marked or colored float in the shape of a banana or sausage, anchored in the water to mark the course for open water swimmers 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 banana buoys throughout the race course that the swimmers must go around to finish.
1425–75; late ME boye a float
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- Sausage buoy or banana buoy
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- Custom buoy of a specific dimension and shape
- Rectangular buoy
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