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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. 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.

Marine Weather University

Peter is the co-creator of Marine Weather University, a school dedicated to online weather education in the sailing community.

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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

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 – 2010)
  • Advisor, International Yacht Restoration School (1994- present)
  • Editor at Large: Sailing World magazine (1991- present)
  • Advisor, OneOcean (2011 – present)

Broadcast background:

  • Analyst, ACTV – America’s Cup World Series 2011
  • 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 & Producer, 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)


  • Let’s Go Sailing – Hearst Marine & Simon & Schuster – 1987 & 1993
  • Sailing For Dummies –  Wiley/IDG Books – 1997 & 2006 – co-authored with JJ Isler
  • At the Helm-Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters – Doubleday, 2000 w/ Peter Economy
  • Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets – Wiley, 2011

For more information about Peter Isler, visit www.islersailing.com.


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