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. In all he has sailed in five Cup campaigns (most recently with the BMW Oracle Racing Team in Valencia, Spain), winning it twice.
He took a break from sailing and appeared as analyst for ESPN’s Emmy Award winning coverage of the America’s Cup in ’92 & ’95. For the ’03 and ’07 Cups Peter both sailed and announced on TV (in 2003 with Outdoor Life Network and in 2007 with VERSUS Network). For over twenty years, Isler has entertained and motivated groups (including many Fortune 500 companies) with his presentations.
A former Collegiate Sailor of the Year at Yale University, Isler resides in Southern California. He 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, Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets (Wiley) was published in 2011. He is president of Isler Sailing International, Inc. When at home in San Diego, Peter enjoys time with his two daughters and playing 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
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
Marblehead to Halifax Race Winner
U.S. Team Race Champion
Director, American Sailing Association. (1983 – present)