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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).
Sailing News: Peter has had a
busy year of sailing that began in New Zealand in January and has
featured west coast offshore races, coastal and buoy racing on
the east coast, the Rolex Maxi Championship in Sardinia and a
victory at the Big Boat Series in San Francisco. Highlight's
included Peter's guest appearance in the afterguard on the famed
J-Class sloop RANGER racing in St. Barths, and sailing with college
roomate (and reigning Rolex Yachtsman of the Year) Steve Benjamin on
the 52 foot SPOOKIE. The team won the prestigious Queen's Cup
with Heidi Benjamin at the helm. Next up is the 40th
anniversary of a regatta that Steve, Peter and Stan Honey founded
while undergraduates at Yale - the Snow & Satisfaction.
Navigation Webinars: This year, Peter has teamed
up with NorthU to produce an entirely new series of his acclaimed
racing navigation webinars (featuring Expedition software).
They are all available online at
Sailing For Dummies, Amazon's #1 sailing book!! Earlier
Peter & JJ's long time best seller, Sailing For Dummies was ranked as the #1 sailing book at Amazon.com! The first edition of this classic came out
over a decade ago - fully updated since then - 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
Motivational Speeches: Peter was the the keynote speaker at
NAVIGATE event in Boston receiving accolades from
Continuum's CEO Michael George:
"Peter was the keynote at our
first annual user conference, aptly named Navigate - where 450
of our top partners from around the globe attended. Peter
invested considerable time and effort to meet with me and other
members of my team to understand the audience and environment –
so he could tailor his presentation to maximize the benefits. He
did an extraordinary job sharing some riveting stories and
experiences, through words and video, to capture the hearts and
minds of our audience – and translate that into appropriate and
relevant business parallels. Our audience left the auditorium
exhausted and exhilarated at the same time! People felt Peter
tied the principals of high-performance sail racing with the
team efforts and needs of all businesses large and small."
Closer to home,
teamed up with tennis superstar Stan Smith at a Chase Bank event
in San Diego.
Peter was the keynote
speaker at KPMG's Iberoamerica Tax Summit in Buenos Aires.
Peter gave at that event.
Birthday! The Bitter End Yacht Club
in the British Virgin Islands recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and Peter was on hand
to share in the celebration. Peter
developed the first sailing program for the Bitter End which is the
#1 water sports oriented resort in the world!
and more line honors! Last year, Peter navigated Dick
and Doug DeVos' Windquest to first to finish in the famed
Chicago to Mackinac Island Race. In 2014 Peter
navigated Tom Siebel's MOD70 trimaran Orion in the 1000 mile
San Diego to Puerto Vallarta ocean race to line honors and a new
record - 2d 8h 33m in 2014. The Orion team shattered the
previous record (set by Steve Fossett) by over six hours.
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. Watch here for upcoming book signings.
Cup. Congratulations to Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and
the entire Oracle TEAM USA for their incredible come from behind
victory in San Francisco 2013!
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
America's Cup will be in Bermuda in 2017.
Andrew "Bart" Simpson (in memory):
world lost a great champion and a fine individual on San Francisco
bay during training for the last America's Cup.
Life is precious - cherish every day.
Another Record Falls!: On cold
and windy 2013 Memorial Day weekend, George David's Rambler
team - with Peter calling tactics, smashed the course record in the
68th annual Around Block Island Race by over 2 hours.
Later, in July, Rambler smashed the record
in the Round the Island Race (Martha's Vineyard). All that on
the heels of the previous season when the Rambler
with Peter calling the shots, finished first and broke the course
record in the world's oldest and most prestigious 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
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!: In May, 2013 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. Peter also co-hosted the
America's Cup World Series'
opening press conference
in San Diego with his friend and
basketball Hall of Famer,
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.
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.
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 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
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 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. 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!).
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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.
information. And check out Peter's Expedition webinars
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!
was 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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