By happenstance, my wife, Sue, is a flower nut, so the idea of a little sailing mixed with potting soil was a big hit on the home front. Then there was my old friend Joe Baptista, who'd been bugging me for months in his own modest way to line up some sort of adventure. His friend, Annie Wilson, is a professional gardener at one of the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, so we figured she'd even know the Latin names of what we'd be gawking at. And since a guy's gotta eat and because Illumine has a three-cabin layout, it only made sense to invite sailing pals Peter and Peggy Davis. Peter's the chef at Henrietta's Table, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If it walks, slithers, swims, or grows, he'll figure out how to cook it, so we were certain to eat well.