Former Olympic sailor and two-time America’s Cup winner Peter Isler was an honoured guest at the Boat International Owners' Club dinner in Newport last week (August 23). Fresh from a day of racing on board the newest J Class yacht Svea at the 2017 J Class World Championships, he spoke to Boat International editor Stewart Campbell (above left) about his career so far, the evolution of the America’s Cup and his admiration for the J Class fleet.
Although Isler lives thousands of miles away in San Diego, he couldn’t resist the urge to race in Newport, as it marks something of a homecoming for him. The navigator grew up in nearby Connecticut, where his sailing career began, and he was joined in Newport by his old Yale teammate Susan Daly.
Photo: Meg Heriot