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Episode #38: At the Helm with Peter Isler

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s podcast, Good Jibes! In this podcast, we’re bringing you the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, you’ll hear stories and tips from the West Coast sailing community on cruising, racing and just plain sailing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 – the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977!

This week’s host, John Arndt, is joined by Peter Isler to chat his lifetime of racing and giving back to the sailing community, plus his life-changing scare on Rambler 100. Peter is a 2-time America’s Cup winner, was Collegiate Sailor of the Year at Yale University, Founder of the American Sailing Association, author, and speaker.

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He almost lost his life in 2011 when Rambler 100 lost its keel and capsized during the Fastnet Race. Hear his thoughts on modern-day racing, competing in the America’s Cup aboard Stars and Stripes, what helped him survive the Rambler 100 incident, why he enjoys teaching about sailing and the weather so much, and the time he met 3 Presidents in 3 days.


This episode covers everything from winning to teaching. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • How did Peter become an All-American at Yale?
  • What did he think he’d be doing after school?
  • How did the Rambler 100 incident change his life?
  • Where was he during the incident?
  • How did he find his passion for sailing?
  • Why does he enjoy teaching?
  • What made him write a business book about sailing?
  • Short Tacks: What does he do when not sailing or racing?

Take Peter’s weather course at and learn more on Facebook @IslerBlueBook.

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Peter Isler

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

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