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Citadel cadets embarking on 4-month sailing and learning voyage of the Caribbean

No one ever went to The Citadel to do things the easy way. That’s especially true for 15 cadets participating this spring in a four-month voyage aboard a replica of a 19th-century pilot schooner.

“I was lying in bed last night thinking, ‘This is cold. This might actually be a little bit of work,’ ” said Ryan Johnson, a junior exercise science major.

Cadets boarded the Spirit of South Carolina on Wednesday night and plan to leave Charleston Harbor at 10 a.m. Sunday. They expect to make port calls in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico…

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