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Andrew "Bart" Simpson (in memory): The sailing
world lost a great champion and a fine individual on San Francisco
bay this week. Condolences to his family and loved ones.
Life is precious - cherish every day.
Upcoming events: Peter will be rejoining
George David and the Rambler team for a full schedule
on the east coast of the US this summer. First up in the
Around Block Island Race on Memorial Day weekend, where the team
will try to break the record they set two years ago. Stay
tuned for book signing and other event news.
Recent TeamBuilding Event: A few
weeks ago, on Captiva Island, Florida, Peter participated in
and gave the closing presentation at a sailing teambuilding event
for senior executives of the
Recent Motivational Speeches:
Peter recently returned from Buenos Aires where he was the keynote
speaker at KPMG's Iberoamerica Tax Summit. Here's a
Peter gave at that event. Peter
recently gave presentations in Salt Lake City at Intermountain Healthcare's
Leadership Seminar, the American Ireland Fund's Fall
Reception in Los Angeles, and the US Naval Academy's 2013 Safety at
Earlier this spring, Peter sailed aboard the 60 foot trimaran LoeReal in the Newport to Ensenada Race. The big multihull was
first to finish in only 7 hours and 3 mins - and just missed the
course record. Last September, Peter was the Mystery Guest at the famed E Scow Blue
Chip regatta on Lake Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Last March, Peter was at the helm of Jim Clark's incredible 130 foot
long J Class sloop Hanuman at two events in the Caribbean.
At the St. Barth's Bucket, four J Class boats raced together for the
first time in 80 years!
Another Record Falls!: Last summer, the Rambler
with Peter calling the shots, finished first and broke the course
record in the world's oldest ocean race - the
- Newport, RI
to Bermuda. The 90 foot sloop Rambler sailed the
635 course in under 40 hours, at an average speed of over 16 knots... breaking the
previous record by over 13 hours!Here's a
that record passage produced by Rambler teammate, Carl
Another Emmy Award!: Last May, VERSUS
Network won an Emmy Award 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. For Peter it was the
second time he's been on an Emmy winning team.
25th Anniversary America's Cup:
Last winter, at San Diego Yacht Club, Peter and many of his
teammates including skipper, Dennis Conner, celebrated the 25th
anniversary of Stars & Stripes victory in the 1987
America's Cup races in Perth, Australia. ESPN produced a one
hour special on the event that was aired on the same day. It was
great to celebrate the memory of that amazing team and event.
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
Lifeboat, and a leprechaun's pot-full of luck, the story has a happy
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.
America's Cup television: Peter was
back behind a microphone as part of the Emmy Award Winning ACTV broadcast team covering
the America's Cup World Series events in Plymouth, UK (September).
and San Diego (November) in 2011.
He also co-hosted the
SD event's opening press conference with his friend and
basketball Hall of Famer,
Walton. The next America's Cup is right around
the corner, in San Francisco this summer. Good luck to
Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and all the Oracle Team USA in keeping
the Auld Mug in the USA.
New Book released:
Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets
(Wiley) 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. Peter does book signings whenever his schedule allows.
Maxi Sailing: Peter joined
George David's Rambler racing team for the 2011 season, sailing the world's fastest ocean
going monohull - Rambler 100 (ex-Speedboat) in races on both
sides of the Atlantic. The season started fast, with a
victory and a new course record in the
(600 miles in just over 40 hours)! The team's winning ways have
continued up north with another victory and course record in the
Around Block Island Race.
They capped that success with a record setting run
across the Atlantic in the
Transatlantic Race 2011
from Newport, RI to England. The passage took just under 7
days at an average speed of 16.7 knots - the fastest speed ever
recorded for a boat racing in a race across the Atlantic. The
team's season came to a dramatic end with a loud bang when the keel
fin fractured as Rambler100 was seemingly on track to set a
record in the legendary Fastnet Race sailing across the Irish Sea on
the homeward leg to Plymouth.
Recently, Peter travelled to Houston to give a motivational
presentation to the executive team at
Loomis US earning high marks
from President & CEO Jarl Dahlfors:
"Peter did not
disappoint. Throughout his two hour presentation, which was
punctuated with exciting sailing videos to make his points,
Peter did a wonderful job incorporating the principles of our
business model with nautical terms and situations. Even those
unfortunate among us who do not understand much about sailing
got the connections he was making.
I was particularly impressed that Peter did his homework
beforehand. It was clear to us that he had taken the time to
know us rather than making a "cookie cutter" presentation."
Peter has competed in five America's
Cup campaigns, winning it twice with Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes team.
In the 2007 Cup in Spain, he served as navigator with Larry Ellison's
BMW Oracle Racing
Team. In 2009 and 2010 Peter sailed with the British TeamOrigin. Peter has
also served as television analyst in five America's Cups
(ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, VERSUS Network and ACTV). Congratulations and
Good Luck to Larry
Ellison, Russell Coutts and the Oracle TeamUSA racing team which brought the Cup "home"
in 2010 and will be defending it this September on San Francisco
View Sail.tv's America's Cup navigator feature on Peter
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
in its 2nd Edition!: 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
At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters
co-written with Peter Economy) from Amazon.com.
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
Passages! The list
continues to grow - 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. 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
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
(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 navigated John MacLaurin's 52 foot sloop,
Pendragon to first in class in the 2008 Newport Beach - Cabo San Lucas Ocean
race. He also navigated Randall Pittman's 90 foot CBTF sloop, Genuine
Risk to a first to finish in the 2008 Chicago - Mackinac Race.
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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.
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
event. There is no better place for a watersports' oriented vacation than
the Bitter End.
the late Roy Disney's
highly successful 77 foot sloop "Pyewacket" in the 2003
Transpacific Yacht Race (Los Angeles to Honolulu). Peter and the
broke the monohull record in the
2003 Newport to Ensenada Race by nearly an hour!
Peter has been 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
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