Adventurer Martin Frey has made history by becoming the first person to have scaled the seven summits and sailed the seven seas, arriving in after a month at sea battling some of Mother Nature’s worst conditions in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Frey, 56, from Utah, crossed the North Pacific with the crew of the Visit Seattle entry, arriving into Seattle today after departing on March 21 for the 5,768 nautical mile race from Qingdao, China.
Frey’s Pacific race was the culmination of 11 years of global adventures spanning 35,000 nautical miles and more than 14.5 vertical miles scaling the highest summit on each continent.
During the ninth race of the global series, the Clipper Race crews reported the worst conditions they have ever experienced on the circumnavigation, with the yachts pounded by huge seas and winds gusting over 80 miles per hour, causing injury and damaging the yachts.
“The mighty Pacific certainly showed us everything she can muster,” remarked Frey. “As soon as we turned the corner south of Japan, we got hit by head on waves, and I got seasick. From then on, the violent storms were just relentless all the way through. I have seen the biggest breaking waves and winds out there.”