As a product of the San Diego YC and the CISA foundation clinic, JJ
Isler went east for college and raced at Yale University, making the
All-America Team at a time when it was a rarity for women sailors.
Since then, Isler's ability to shift gears from Olympic 470s to J/24s
to 50-footers and even America's Cup racers has earned her four titles
as Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. In the J/24, Isler won the Rolex
International Women's Keelboat Championship in 1986. In 1991, Isler and
crew Pam Healy won the 1991 Women's 470 Worlds. Then, racing in the
Olympic 470 at the 1992 Olympics with Healy, Isler won a bronze medal,
and at the 2000 Games with Pease Glaser, she won a silver.
Between trips to the Games she's had two daughters, co-written Sailing
for Dummies with her husband, Peter, helmed a 50-footer to Key West
boat of the week honors and participated a campaign as starting
helmsman and tactician for Bill Koch's Mighty Mary women's team, racing
in the majority of America's Cup defense-trial races before losing her
job on the all-women's boat to her friend David Dellenbaugh. Isler is
the first woman elected to the Sailing World Hall of Fame.