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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:



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  • Marine Weather University: Just announced! Peter has teamed up with veteran meteorologist Chris Bedford to create an online school that teaches fundamental and advanced weather skills.  Courses roll out through the summer of 2020.

  • Inside Sailing with Peter Isler:  Peter has gone back to his television broadcast toots during the lockdown to host a series of online shows for the American Sailing Association on a variety of sailing related topics. 

  • Weather, Navigation and Racing Webinars:   Peter's seminars and webinars are highly acclaimed.  A growing library are available for streaming at  American Sailing Association with new ones being released frequently.   NorthU has a full lineup of Peter's recent webinars (featuring Expedition software and sailing instrumentation)  available for streaming.  Peter also does private coaching sessions on racing, tactics, navigation and weather routing. 

  • Latest Book: Peter's newest book (his fifth), Let's Go Sailing has just been published by the American Sailing Association.   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. 

  • Motivational Speeches:   Recently, Peter made a presentation at Cottonwood Managements Annual Planning Meeting in Lake Tahoe.  He received accolades from Cottonwood's Principal, Michael Whitesage:

"�Peter�s presentation brought the challenges of sailing and the America�s Cup to life. The lessons shared motivated my team to strive for our own ambitious goals. I would recommend Peter�s talk to anyone seeking to reinvigorate their own team.�

  • Sailing News:  Before we Covid-19 changed our world Peter was racing on Roy Disney's turbo70 Pyewacket on the west coast and on Tom Siebel's 140 foot J Class Svea in the Caribbean. Here's a great video on the newest J Boat.

  • 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 set records in races 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 Amazon.com!   Fully updated, 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!  A few years ago, the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands celebrated its 40th anniversary and Peter was on hand to share in the celebration.  We wish the Bitter End Yacht Club family fair winds and smooth seas as they rebuild from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

  • America's Cup.  Congratulations to Grant Dalton, Peter Burling and the Emirates Team New Zealand team for their incredible performance winning the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda.  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 Cup will be in Auckland, New Zealand - in March 2021 (hopefully!).

  • 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 when VERSUS Network was awarded an Emmy for its 2013 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 2011 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 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. Here's some pictures from the day.

  • Business book: 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. 



Little Blue 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 Peter�s 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 Amazon.com.


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 www.sailingworld.com


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 uses PredictWind's high resolution models and its powerful applications to help predict the next wind shift in races all around the world.  


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.  The Bitter End suffered heavily during the hurricane season of 2017 and our thoughts and prayers go to the folks down in that part of the world as they rebuild.

Image result for sailflowPeter uses Sailflow and Weatherflow's other brands to monitor real time weather conditions and easily access National Weather Service weather information.


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 has helped drive the cutting edge of the sailing world's to new monohull performance levels.

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