Saving Farmer Ryan – Monsters ready for action in the Round Ireland Yacht Race 2014


A momentous challenge is taking place on Saturday 28th June with a Sea Start in Wicklow Sailing Club to send Monster Project’s Volvo Open 70 in one of the most technically challenging Offshore Yacht Race.  Stay tuned to see how Wicklow Farmer David Ryan’s ‘Monster Project’, a Volvo Open 70 with amateur crew, faces a stiff challenge from Dragon’s Den Bobby Kerr’s boat ‘Newstalk for Adrenaline’, a Volvo Open 60 with professional sailors.  This is a battle between David and Goliath!

An independent TV documentary is being made following the journey to promote Monster Project and sailing in Ireland, which is due to be aired on RTE and other stations including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel in Autumn.

Filming will include the build up to the race from the gruelling crew selection process and then on to follow the team on the journey of their lives.  Both Farmer Ryan and Dragon Bobby Kerr are setting out to win Round Ireland Line Honours.  To add a fly to the ointment, a supposedly Unsinkable Entrepreneur Enda O’Coineen has also included a Volvo Open 60 with professional Volvo crew onboard.   Perhaps this is a tall order for Farmer Ryan, but the super yacht Monster Project, a Volvo 70, is the Formula-1 of the seas and one of the largest boats ever to enter this prestigious yacht race encompassing the famous Fastnet Lighthouse, the Cliffs of Moher and the Giants Causeway; an environment where the Irish Coastline is the Race Track and with the right weather this team are set to challenge the race record?

As part of the selection process for his amateur crew on Monster Project, Farmer David Ryan ran a nationwide campaign to give an opportunity for young sailors and members of the public to participate in this epic race.  Over sixty applicants from around Ireland travelled to Howth in May for both a rigorous assessment, and after having been put through their paces, three lucky crew were chosen to join the team.

Seven of the crew are experienced and are from Wicklow but David Ryan wanted to include three novice sailors to foster future sailing talent, broaden their experience and give them the thrills and spills of this awesome challenge. So it’s the coffee-fuelled insomniacs versus the welly-wearing amateurs. The new team then embarked on training days that included strategy, ocean fitness, navigation, planning, sea survival and first aid rescue drills.

The Round Ireland Yacht Race is acknowledged within the sailing world as one of the world’s last great adventures and is an untold story of six tidal gates and the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean to contend with.  In other words, this is not for the faint hearted and Farmer Ryan is about to tell this story. With a Cannon Start at 2pm on Saturday 28th June the adventure begins, and Farmer Ryan has four to five days to lead his amateur crew to the finish against professional crews from around the globe through some of the most exciting seas in the world.

There will be a Media Crew Member onboard filming the action as it happens, and Go Pro cameras are mounted to capture every thrilling moment.  Filming for this documentary will cover the perils of the race, as well as the physical and mental stresses and close shaves that each of the sailors will have to go through.

Bearing all that in mind, do remember: Farmer Ryan’s Monsters will have Bobby Kerr’s Dragons for Breakfast!

Monster Project has a RIB available for Media and Journalists to see Monster Project in action.

For further information contact Media Team Monster Project