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Know your nautical buoyage – IALA Regions A and B

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Some years ago, approaching the finish of the Melbourne-Osaka double-handed yacht race, one boat came to grief. The crew, probably excited about completing the 5,500 mile race, forgot that Japan is located in IALA Region B. So, instead of steering their yacht through safe water, they ran it aground. Ouch! And after all that effort.

To save you from suffering a similar fate, we’ve developed Buoyage – IALA Regions A and B. As well as listing the countries under their region, there’s a section where you can learn or revise the cardinal, lateral and all the other buoys – their shapes, colours and the lights they display at night.

When you’re ready, you can take an interactive quiz to check your recognition of all the buoys.

Buoyage – IALA Regions A and B is just one of five quizzes we’ve developed in the Nautical Knowledge. The other subjects are:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Navigation Lights
  • Signal Flags
  • Fog and other Sound Signals

The Nautical Knowledge is available as a download for only AU$9.95.