Though thousands of miles away and on different coasts, Ellen and Seth both started sailing when they were in preschool. That distance between them was closed in 2006 when Ellen and Seth met in Maine. A week later they were sailing together, and at the ages of 20 and 23, respectively, commenced a four-year, 32,000 nautical mile voyage around the world. Their ports-of-call traced a passage down the U.S. East Coast, across the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, westward across the Pacific, around the Cape of Good Hope, across the Atlantic back into the Caribbean and up to Blue Hill, Maine, where it all started. This voyage was made in Heretic, a 38-foot cutter rigged sloop, a copy of the Sparkman & Stephens legendary centerborder, Finisterre (three-time winner of the Newport Bermuda Race). Prior to leaving Maine, Seth had started a full restoration of Heretic, which was finished over the course of the cruise.