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Cup veteran, author and well-known television personality Peter Isler provides a variety of
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News: At the Paris Boat Show on
December 6th, The Hobie Cat Company and the American Sailing
Association announced a partnership aimed at bringing new people
into the sport of sailing. Peter was instrumental in putting
this high powered team together.
Motivational Speeches: Just
announced: Peter will be the keynote speaker at Continuum's NAVIGATE
2014 event in Boston next summer. 2013 was another busy year for
Peter's corporate presentations, most
recently in San Francisco for CEG Worldwide. Other
2013 appearances of note include
the US Naval Academy's 2013 Safety at Sea event and, during the America's Cup, for International
Sports Management's group of over 350 guests.
Last fall, Peter was the keynote
speaker at KPMG's Iberoamerica Tax Summit in Buenos Aires. Here's a
Peter gave at that event.
Cup. Congratulations to Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and
the entire Oracle TEAM USA for their incredible come from behind
victory this September!
Peter has competed in five America's
Cup campaigns, winning it twice with Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes team.
In the 2007 Cup in Spain, he served as navigator with Larry Ellison's
BMW Oracle Racing
Team. In 2009 and 2010 Peter sailed with Ben Ainslie and Britain's TeamOrigin. Peter has
also served as television analyst in five America's Cups
(ESPN, ABC, Outdoor Life Network, VERSUS Network and ACTV).
Andrew "Bart" Simpson (in memory):
world lost a great champion and a fine individual on San Francisco
bay this past summer. Condolences to his family and loved ones.
Life is precious - cherish every day.
Another Record Falls!: On cold
and windy Memorial Day weekend, George David's Rambler team - with Peter calling tactics, smashed the course record in the
68th annual Around Block Island Race by over 2 hours.
Later, in July, Rambler smashed the record
in the Round the Island Race (Martha's Vineyard). All that on
the heels of the previous season when the Rambler
with Peter calling the shots, finished first and broke the course
record in the world's oldest and most prestigious ocean race - the
- Newport, RI
to Bermuda. The 90 foot sloop Rambler sailed the
635 course in under 40 hours, at an average speed of over 16 knots... breaking the
previous record by over 13 hours! Here's a
that record passage produced by Rambler teammate, Carl
TeamBuilding Events: This
spring, on Captiva Island, Florida, Peter was the special
guest in a sailing teambuilding event
for senior executives of the Forestar Group.
Another Emmy Award!: Last May, VERSUS
Network won an Emmy Award for its America's Cup Highlight Show and
Peter was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences as a Commentator for that show. For Peter it was the
second time he's been on an Emmy winning team. Peter also co-hosted the
America's Cup World Series'
opening press conference
in San Diego with his friend and
basketball Hall of Famer,
Rescued at Sea! During the infamous Fastnet
Race of 2011, Peter and his 20 teammates aboard Rambler100
survived a dramatic capsize when the boat's keel fin
fractured and the 100 foot carbon fiber race boat overturned 30
miles off Ireland's southwest coast. Five crew were swept away
in the strong currents and spent three hours in 56 degree water.
Thanks to the combination good preparation, some quick thinking and
heroic effort by Peter and his shipmates, the diligence of the Irish
Coast Guard, the skills of the volunteer crew of the
Lifeboat, and a leprechaun's pot-full of luck, the story has a happy
account written a day after the accident and published in
Scuttlebutt, and a
podcast of an interview recorded the same day by Sailing World.
Here's some pictures from the day.
Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets
(Wiley) has been a big hit. In it Peter
shares his extensive knowledge and recounts some of the highlights of
his life as a professional sailor. It is a classic
collection of tips, lessons, and entertaining
sea stories. Watch here for upcoming book signings.
Recently, Peter travelled to Houston to give a motivational
presentation to the executive team at
Loomis US earning high marks
from President & CEO Jarl Dahlfors:
"Peter did not
disappoint. Throughout his two hour presentation, which was
punctuated with exciting sailing videos to make his points,
Peter did a wonderful job incorporating the principles of our
business model with nautical terms and situations. Even those
unfortunate among us who do not understand much about sailing
got the connections he was making.
I was particularly impressed that Peter did his homework
beforehand. It was clear to us that he had taken the time to
know us rather than making a "cookie cutter" presentation."
View Sail.tv's America's Cup navigator feature on Peter
Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of
Sailing Secrets is bound to become a classic. Modeled after Harvey
Penick's Little Red Book (a golfing classic), in the Little Blue Book, Peter
shares sea stories and lessons from a lifetime on the water. Available at
your local bookstore or online
in its 2nd Edition and translated into over a dozen languages!: Find Peterís best selling book,
Sailing for Dummies (Wiley, co-written with JJ Isler) available at West
Marine, your local bookstore or
click here to order it or his other books including the acclaimed business
At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters
co-written with Peter Economy) from Amazon.com.
Peter is Editor At Large for
Sailing World Magazine the
nation's premier sailboat racing periodical. Check out the latest
sailboat racing news with great links to regattas, weather and other marine resources at
Passages! The list
continues to grow - In 2013, Peter and the Rambler team broke the course
records in the Around Martha's Vineyard Race and the Around Block Island Race.
In June, 2012 Peter was calling the shots aboard Rambler
in smashing the Newport to Bermuda Race Record. This is the oldest ocean
race on the planet and the Rambler team took over 13 hours off the record
- average speed, over 16 knots. In 2011, Peter was navigator aboard
Rambler100 which set records in the Block Island Race, the Caribbean 600 and
the Transatlantic Race 2011 (Newport, RI to England). In the latter, the
massive monohull averaged 16.69 knots for the entire passage... the fastest
average speed in any Transatlantic Race ever. In 2005, Peter
was tactician aboard Tom & Dot Hill's 75 foot
sloop Titan, which shredded nearly 20% off the
Cup Race record. Racing from Ft. Lauderdale to Montego
Bay, in "perfect storm" conditions - Titan established a new
record of 2 days, 10+ hours which could stand for a very long time!
A few months later Peter (and co-navigator Ian Moore)
helped point Hasso Plattner's 86 foot CBTF sloop Morning Glory to first
to finish and a race record of 6 days 16 hours in the
(Los Angeles to
Hawaii ... .Congratulations to Stan Honey, Peter's roommate at Yale who
navigated Alfa Romeo to a new race record in 2009!).
is sponsored by Kaenon Polarized, simply
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navigation and performance sailing software developed by Whitbread Around the
World Race winning navigator, Nick White has had tremendous
success since introduction last year. Peter has worked closely with Nick
refining Expedition into a powerful and
versatile tool which he uses in all of his big boat racing.
has long been associated with the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin
Islands. He developed the BEYC's first sailing school program and is a regular participant in their
event. There is no better place for a watersports' oriented vacation than
the Bitter End.
the late Roy Disney's
highly successful 77 foot sloop "Pyewacket" in the 2003
Transpacific Yacht Race (Los Angeles to Honolulu). Peter and the
broke the monohull record in the
2003 Newport to Ensenada Race by nearly an hour!
Peter has been instrumental in developing
CBTFCo's (formerly DynaYacht) revolutionary canting ballast twin foil technology that is
featured in the 90' Genuine Risk, Admiral's Cup champion Wild Oats and
the Schock 40 - Sailing World Magazine's 2001 Boat of the Year. To learn
more about CBTFCo and CBTF technology click
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