Setting sail with a Wilmington pro

Published: Aug. 15, 2016 at 4:15 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2016 at 4:47 PM EDT
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Despite being a seasonal sport, Dustin Frye, the captain and owner of Wrightsville Performance Sailing, hopes the Olympics will spike an interest in sailing.

Frye said many people have little to no experience before climbing aboard the racing sailboat.

"I've got all the safety equipment you need on board," Frye said as water splashed up the side of the boat. "You can just show up. I'll show you the ropes. If you want to get hands on, we're happy to make that happen."

He said he's hosted people of all ages on board and encourages people to try it out, though they do not have to.

"It can be as involved as you want it to be. Sailing is one of those things where you can go out, and you can cruise, you can sail around the world if you train yourself properly," Frye said, while raising the sails. "Or you can get out and start racing and work your way up to an event like the Olympics."

Frye offers private sailing cruises and charters, along with lessons for people who want to be competitive or just learn the ropes.

He said they have seen a spike in interest this season. Frye believes sailing offers many different options, both recreational and competitive, for people participating in the "lifelong sport."

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