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The Citadel at Sea A three-day experiment turns into a full semester at sea for cadets from South Carolina’s military college, revitalizing support for the Palmetto State’s classic tall ship in the process. By Dan Dickison The Spirit makes landfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Courtesy photo.

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he exceptional power of experiential learning is well established. Experts in this field tell us that a hands-on approach to education helps students connect classroom study to life in the world and transform inert knowledge into practical application. Of course, you don’t have to be an expert to attest to that. Anyone who’s ever trimmed a sail knows you learn more by actually doing that than you do by being told how it’s done. And that’s exactly what’s happening on board the Spirit

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of South Carolina this winter and spring as 15 cadets from The Citadel—Charleston’s military college—are spending their days sailing from seaport to seaport in the Caribbean— studying, crewing, working and learning—and having a lot of fun in the process. What’s been branded as The Citadel at Sea got its start last summer when representatives from the Spirit of South Carolina, Inc., approached Zane Segle, who directs The Citadel’s Office of Study Abroad and International

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...