Captain J. R. Braugh is co-owner and operator of Ladona. After skippering historic vessels in the Maine windjammer fleet for 10 years, he moved to yachting.
When approached by Captain Noah and Jane Barnes with the possibility of together restoring this 1920s racing classic, J. R. became a partner in the new venture. Today, he is your captain and onboard host.
J. R.’s exposure to historic sailing began with his grandfather, an immigrant from Australia who was first officer on Matsonia, a trans-pacific luxury liner during the 1930s. His father, in turn, was officer aboard the barque Annie M. Reid (1892), a windjammer which rounded Cape Horn during WWI in the nitrate trade.
Captain J. R.’s primary concern onboard Ladona is the well-being of guests. With over 20 years on Penobscot Bay, he will enthusiastically share with you the special aspects of our island cruising grounds. J. R.’s crew, meanwhile, will keep you delightfully entertained.
After culinary school, Anna Miller spent over a decade in charter schooner galleys before joining Ladona on her inaugural season. She loves to create intricate and composed dishes for Ladona’s exclusive table.
Previous to 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!
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 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 Ladona having experienced their personal, heartfelt approach to this vacation experience unlike any other.