Peter Isler

Peter Isler

Internationally renowned sailor, motivational speaker and author, Peter Isler has parlayed his love of sailing into a career. Inextricable from the America's Cup since winning it as navigator aboard Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes in Australia in 1987, he has sailed in five Cup campaigns (most recently with the BMW Oracle Racing Team in Valencia, Spain), winning it twice. He founded two America's Cup teams including the America³ Women's Team which raced for the 1995 Cup. Serving as a TV commentator, Peter has been a member of two Emmy award winning broadcast teams.  He has covered five America's Cups ('92 & '95 for ESPN & ABC Sports, '03 & '07 with Outdoor Life Network and VERSUS, '11 ACTV & VERSUS/NBC Sports Network).

Isler has entertained and motivated hundreds of groups including many Fortune 500 companies with his presentations. Awarded "Collegiate Sailor of the Year" for North America while at Yale University, Isler moved on to Olympic class sailing and then the America's Cup. A prolific writer, he is Editor at Large for Sailing World Magazine, co-authored the best-selling book, Sailing for Dummies (Wiley), and wrote the acclaimed business book, At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters (Doubleday) with Peter Economy. His most recent title is Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets (Wiley/Turner). Peter was a co-founder of the American Sailing Association.  He is president of Isler Sailing International, Inc. At home in San Diego, he raises American Quarter Horses and plays guitar and keyboard in a variety of bands.

 Major Career Sailing Highlights

  • Two-time America's Cup Winner, Stars & Stripes Navigator
  • Five America's Cup campaigns
  • Top-ranked US skipper on the Professional Match Racing Circuit for five years
  • Intercollegiate Sailor of the Year (Yale U.)
  • Two-time Maxi Class World champion
  • Newport to Bermuda Race Winner – record holder
  • Pacific Cup (SF - Hawaii) Winner
  • Pineapple Cup winner (FL - Jamaica) - record holder
  • Transpacific Yacht Race winner (LA - Honolulu) - record setter
  • Transatlantic Race winner (Newport – England) – record holder
  • U.S. Team Race Champion 

Positions Held

  • Director, American Sailing Association. (1983 - present)
  • Vice Chairman, Yale Sailing Associates. (1992 - 2010)
  • Coach, U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, 1984
  • Director, CBTF Co. (formerly DynaYacht) (1991 - present)
  • Advisor, International Yacht Restoration School (1994- present)
  • Editor at Large: "Sailing World" a World Publications magazine (1991- present)

Broadcast Background

  • Analyst, VERSUS Network - Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup 2007
  • Analyst, Outdoor Life Network - Louis Vuitton Cup Coverage (2002 - 2003)
  • Analyst, ESPN America's Cup Coverage, 1992 & 1995 (over 175 hours live)
  • Talent, Various Fox Sports Net, Speedvision, Outdoor Life & ESPN programs (1991 - present)
  • Host, Speedvision Network - Classics - series about classic vehicles (1996-2001)
  • Host, Outdoor Life Network - Sailors’ Log - series ('96-'97)
  • Producer, host & writer, Prime Network, Dennis Conner's Road to the America's Cup series (‘94-’95)
  • Consultant, ESPN/Silicon Graphics SailTrack - real time computer animation (1992, 1995)

Books by Peter Isler


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