2nd September 2017

A Guernseyman cycled to Herm

What’s the quickest way from Guernsey to Herm? Most people would take the regular Trident ferry service, but on 3 September 2017, Graham Glass decided to try another way.

He cycled the three miles (4.75km) between the islands on a sea cycle called Boaty McBikeface. The crossing took a very respectable 40 minutes, which isn’t much more than twice what the ferry takes.

Engineering the bike boat

The bike was a cross between a boat and a regular cycle, with a hull underneath, a prow up front and, at the back, a pair of pedal-driven paddles. The actual driving mechanism was a regular bike, which had had its front wheel removed so it could be fixed in place.

In the boat’s final tests before the crossing attempt, Glass achieved a top speed of 4.5 miles an hour.

Glass became the first person ever to have travelled between the islands in that particular manner and, in the process, he raised funds for the Sarah Groves Foundation.

He was part of the Tour de Sez long-distance cycling group, which annually cycles the 750 miles from St Malo to Amsterdam to raise money for the foundation. In its first year, 2014, fifty cyclists took part.

The Boaty McBikeface endeavour was an extension of that effort.


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Other events that occured in September

Channel Television took to the air 1st
A Guernseyman cycled to Herm 2nd
Brecqhou was put up for sale 3rd
Renoir arrived on Guernsey to paint 4th
Ship sinks in St Sampson harbour 5th
The melon king died… long live the melon king 6th
Coronavirus returns to Guernsey 7th
HD Ferries makes its last crossing
6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment fought at the Somme 8th
Guernsey number plate sold for £240,000 9th
Guernsey hosted the second Island Games 10th
Major Guernsey employer Tektronix went public 11th
Guernsey was struck by a hurricane 12th
Schoolboys and teacher went missing off Sark 13th
Guernsey holidaymakers head home itching 14th
The title Baron de Saumarez was created 15th
Missing girl, Jetta, was found on Guernsey 16th
Archaeologists found a porpoise grave 17th
An Islander aircraft crashed in Guernsey 18th
Guernsey commando Hubert Nicolle died 19th
Guernsey and Jersey considered merging 20th
Occupation resister Winifred Green was deported 21st
The Devil’s Rock had its opening night 22nd
The Duke of Connaught visited Guernsey 23rd
Former bailiff Daniel de Lisle Brock died 24th
Occupation president Ambrose Sherwill died 25th
Trudy, Guernsey’s biggest ever import, was installed 26th
“Let em starve,” said Churchill 27th
A Guernsey planning dispute headed to Europe 28th
Herm tenant Major Peter Wood died 29th
Spotlight was broadcast for the first time 30th