Also returning to Key West, after a six-year hiatus, is Dawn Riley, a former Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and a leading advocate for women in sports.
Babs Lord married actor Robert Powell and became an amateur yachtswoman and world explorer, with several trips to the Himalayas, the Sahara, both Poles and the jungle in Guyana.
Isler, who's had an impressive career racing everything from dinghies to America's Cup boats, also won the Yachtswoman of the Year award in 1986, 1991 and 1997.
"If there was another start tomorrow then there is a high chance I would be there, " the British yachtswoman said Monday at a news conference in this French port.
Last Thursday, STEVE FOSSETT, the offshore adventurer, and CORY SERTL, the round-the-buoys champion, were named the respective Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year for 2001.
Salvage crews Sunday called off a search in the Southern Ocean for French yachtswoman Isabella Autissier's boat, the Ecureuil Poitou Charentes II, believing it has either sunk or drifted towards Antarctica.
Soldini finished the third leg in 24 days, 9 hours 55 : 53, having been credited with an extra day for the dramatic rescue of a French yachtswoman in storm-tossed seas.
Last Wednesday, at the New York Yacht Club headquarters in Manhattan, the Star sailor Eric Doyle and the America True syndicate head Dawn Riley were named the 1999 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
But the yachtswoman is so confident that she and her crew can take the title in 2003, she has remortgaged her house to pay for a new boat and on Monday launched a campaign to find sponsors.
In 1977, at the age of 20, she became the youngest woman ever to win the Yachtswoman of the Year Award from the New York Yacht Club, " considered the top prize in yachting ."