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History was made April 17 when American Martin Frey became the first person to climb the highest summit on each of the seven continents and sail the seven seas of the world.

56-year old Martin Frey finished his quest to climb the highest mountains and sail the deepest seas by skippering a sailboat across the Pacific Ocean from China to Seattle. This was the sixth leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race covering 6,000 nautical miles.

The grueling, month-long race was one of Frey’s toughest challenges in his marathon quest.  He and his crew were constantly buffeted by storms with wind speeds at times exceeding 120 miles per hour.

The skipper called the sailings conditions, which included massive waves, a truly hostile environment. Upon completion of the voyage, Frey said “spending the last month at sea has been a challenge, and I am grateful to be back on solid ground no longer soaking wet, cold or seasick.”

In addition to the Clipper race Frey sailed across the Arctic Ocean and circumnavigated the world.

Frey began his 7 Summits adventure in 2005 at Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. By the time he climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica in 2012 he had conquered the highest peak on all seven continents.

Leadership is being able to accomplish your goals in the face of adversity.

With his unprecedented mountaineering and sailing accomplishment behind him, Frey hopes to inspire others through speaking engagements that will blend tales of his adventures with stories from his 30 years of experience as a business executive, including a long stint in Silicon Valley and service as a state economic-development officer, and as an angel investor.

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