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Through Isler Sailing International, America’s Cup veteran, author and well-known television personality Peter Isler provides a variety of services including:



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  • Racing and Navigation Webinars:   NorthU has just announced its 2017 lineup of new webinars (featuring Expedition software)  presented by Peter.

  • Motivational Speeches: At the beginning of 2017 Peter gave the keynote address at Janssen Pharmaceutical's company wide event introducing a new campaign.  He received accolades from Janssen Puerto Rico's General Manager,  David Jimenez:

"Peter was able to connect many of his learnings on sailing to Ethical business principles.  It's really amazing to see how many these different rules when sailing in a boat make so much sense also in business."

  • Sailing News:  Next up is the launch and work up of Tom Siebel's new J Class - Svea in Europe.  Peter has been closely involved with the preparation during the build and will be in the afterguard preparing for the J Class event in Bermuda during the 2017 America's Cup.  This year Peter will also be teaming up this with his long time friends, Brack Duker and Dave Ullman to race the 70 sled Holua in some great offshore races on the west coast including the Transpac Race (LA - Hawaii). 

  • Another Record Falls:  Peter was navigating (and grinding) aboard the MOD 70 trimaran, Orion when it shredded the course record in the 2016 Newport Beach to Ensenada Race.   New record - 5h 15m!.  Orion  followed that feat a month later by setting the record for the Spinnaker Cup (San Francisco - Monterey).  Peter has been aboard boats that have set records all over the world - see his sailing resume for more info.    

  • Sailing For Dummies, Amazon's #1 sailing book!!  Recently, Peter & JJ's long time best seller, Sailing For Dummies was ranked as the #1 sailing book at!   Fully updated since then - this classic is probably the best selling consumer sailing book of all time.   Translated into over a dozen languages Sailing for Dummies keeps sharing JJ & Peter's love for the sport.

  • Peter  teamed up with tennis superstar Stan Smith at a Chase Bank event in San Diego.   Peter was also the keynote speaker at KPMG's Iberoamerica Tax Summit  in Buenos Aires. Here's a video interview Peter gave at that event.

  • Happy Birthday!  The Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and Peter was on hand to share in the celebration.  Peter developed the first sailing program for the Bitter End which is the #1 water sports oriented resort in the world!

  • Latest Book:  Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets (Wiley & Turner) 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.

  • America's Cup.  Congratulations to Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and the entire Oracle TEAM USA for their incredible come from behind victory in San Francisco 2013!  Peter has competed in five America's Cup campaigns, winning it twice with Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes team.  At 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).  The next America's Cup will be in Bermuda this June.

  • Andrew "Bart" Simpson (in memory):    The sailing world lost a great champion and a fine individual on San Francisco bay during training for the last America's Cup.  Life is precious - cherish every day.

  • TeamBuilding Events:  On Captiva Island, Florida,  Peter was the special guest in a sailing teambuilding event for senior executives of the Forestar Group.

  • Another Emmy Award!:  Peter won his second Emmy Award in 2013 when VERSUS Network was awarded an Emmy 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. Peter was on ESPN's award winning team ten years earlier during the 2003 America's Cup.  Peter also co-hosted the America's Cup World Series'  opening press conference in San Diego with his friend and basketball Hall of Famer, Bill Walton.  

  • 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 RNLI's Baltimore Lifeboat, and a leprechaun's pot-full of luck, the story has a happy ending.   Here's Peter's 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.

  • Here is an Economic Times article on Peter's book "At The Helm, Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters" (in conjunction with the Indian edition's release) and the connection between success in business and sailing. 


   View's America's Cup navigator feature on Peter here

Newest book! 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 here.



Sailing for DummiesNow 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 book,  At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters (Doubleday,  co-written with Peter Economy) from


WB01110_.GIF (445 bytes) 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


Record Passages The list continues to grow - In 2016 Peter navigated Tom Siebel's 70' trimaran Orion which broke the Newport to Ensenada Race course record by over an hour and a half.  In 2014 Peter was aboard  Orion when it smashed the San Diego - Puerto Vallarta Race record.  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. Here's a great video of that passage.   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 Pineapple 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 Transpac Race (Los Angeles to Hawaii ... .Congratulations to Stan Honey, Peter's roommate at Yale who navigated Alfa Romeo to a new race record in 2009!).   

Peter is sponsored by Kaenon, simply the best performance sunglasses.

Winning Races!  Expedition, a powerful 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.  Visit the Expedition website for more information.  And check out Peter's Expedition webinars at NorthU.

Peter 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 annual Pro-AM event. There is no better place for a watersports' oriented vacation than the Bitter End

Peter navigated the late Roy Disney's highly successful 77 foot sloop "Pyewacket" in the 2003 Transpacific Yacht Race (Los Angeles to Honolulu).    Peter and the Pyewacket team broke the monohull record in the 2003 Newport to Ensenada Race  by nearly an hour! 

WB01110_.GIF (445 bytes)  Peter was 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 here.

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