noun - Intermediate 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 a guide 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 intermediate buoys in the 10-kilometer course.
1425–75; late ME boye.
Types of Buoys
- Triangular pyramid buoy or tetrahedron buoy
- Cylindrical buoy (used either vertically or horizontally) buoy
- Sausage buoy or banana buoy
- Spherical buoy
- Salmon egg buoy
- Custom buoy of a specific dimension, shape and color