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The homeless and hungry men and women served by the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington will be the beneficiary of two days worth of sailing charters during the Wrightsville Performance Sailing benefit weekend, Sept. 6-7.

Dustin Frye, an alumnus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and veteran sailing instructor, founded Wrightsville Performance Sailing in May 2014 with his 26-foot J/80 sailboat.

Now, Frye is hoping to leverage funds for the Good Shepherd Center through one- and two-hour sails around Wrightsville Beach.

“I have known about [Good Shepherd Center] for quite a few years, donated to them in the past and it is the kind of organization I identified I want to work with,” Frye said. “This is a trial run to see if it is popular at all and the center was stoked to have the support.”

Saturday’s trips will be limited to seven one-hour fast cruises throughout Banks Channel at $30 per person with room for five onboard. A total of 50 percent of the proceeds from the day will be donated to Good Shepherd Center.

Sunday passengers can choose to sail for one or two hours, with 25 percent of the day’s proceeds benefitting Good Shepherd Center.

Frye said he hopes the special one-hour sail rate will encourage more people to take part and donate to Good Shepherd Center.

“I tried to do something that was competitively priced for anyone so it could generate more interest,” he said. “Especially with it being a benefit, a lot of people are more apt to do something when it impacts the community.”

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and spaces are limited, Frye said. To make reservations, contact Frye at [email protected] or 910-622-2503.

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