Captain J.R. Braugh can command a boat and a guitar. Photo: Nadra Edgerley

Your Captain

Captain J. R. Braugh has plied the Eastern Seaboard from the Caribbean to the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound, but he counts hosting guests under sail along the coast of Maine his favorite.

J. R. is a third-generation merchant mariner with extensive yachting experience and over twenty years of working in Maine's historic windjammer fleet. He was a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Ladona’s restoration crew.

A professional musician and songwriter, J. R. will share songs with guests after a day’s cruising. He is excited to apply his artistic talent and vision to reviving the Ladona’s spirit and style.

You will find yourself very well taken care of by this consummate host.


Chef Anna Miller's smiles are contageous. Photo: Nadra Edgerley

Your Chef

After culinary school, Anna Miller spent over a decade in charter schooner galleys before joining the Ladona on its inaugural season. She loves to create intricate and composed dishes for the Ladona’s exclusive table.

Previous to the Ladona, Anna spent four years as chef aboard the Stephen Taber. Her efforts helped to develop the Taber into the well-known culinary travel destination that it is today.

Anna has always felt at ease in the kitchen, thanks to her Italian grandmothers. She is a creative and warm soul who enjoys combining new flavors while honoring classic dishes. Fresh pastries, homemade charcuterie, gorgeous roasts, and even thoughtfully prepared dishes for special dietary needs – this woman can do it all!


Your Crew

Ladona sails with a full complement: Captain, Mate, Deckhand, Steward, and Chef.

All of our crew members are thoroughly trained sailors and enthusiastic hosts.


Captain Noah and Jane Barnes welcome you aboard their labor of love. Photo: Nadra Edgerley

Proud Owners

Captain Noah and Jane Barnes are thrilled to offer their guests a rare opportunity – to experience vintage cruising in style aboard the fully restored Ladona.

Between Noah’s lifetime of experience in the charter world and Jane’s extensive career with hospitality and fine wines, they have built a solid reputation for excellence with their flagship vessel, the Stephen Taber. Since 2004, they have operated the Taber, an endeavor they took over from Noah’s parents who captained the vessel for 25 years.

While Noah and Jane only sail in company on occasion, you will walk away from the Ladona having experienced their personal, heartfelt approach to this vacation experience unlike any other.