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Citadel cadets setting sail for the Caribbean

The freezing temperatures across the Lowcountry this week probably have many people dreaming of taking a boat to the Caribbean.

Fifteen cadets from The Citadel are making that daydream a reality, setting sail on Sunday for a three-month study abroad program aboard the Spirit of South Carolina.

This is no pleasure cruise, though. The cadets will be helping the crew sail the schooner, and they learned the ropes Thursday morning. Ruddy cheeks and chattering teeth were abundant aboard the ship in 30-degree weather with 10- to 15-knot winds.

Citadel fellowships director Zane Segle said that as far as he knows, none of the cadets have sailing experience — yet — but that their experience at The Citadel has prepared them for this unique venture…

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