BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN -- Pictured: (l-r) Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn -- (Photo by: Greg Endries/Bravo)

Below Deck Mediterranean Star Joao Franco Is Now A Captain

Captain Sandy Yawn had her hands full this season keeping her crew in line on Below Deck Mediterranean.  First, it was debacle after debacle in the galley with incompetent chef Mila Kolomeitseva.  Anastasia Surmava had difficulties with the burners and often sent out undercooked or cold food.  Travis Michalzik rocked it professionally, but was reprimanded for reeking of alcohol after a particularly hectic night out.  Jack Stirrup only found motivation to stay on board work in the form of Aesha Scott.  Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got the brunt of Sandy’s wrath and was often questioned about her choices in team management and table settings.  But that’s nothing new.

But one person always had Captain Sandy’s good opinion.  Bosun Joao Franco was promoted from deck hand last season and did a stellar job, according to the Captain.  During the season finale, Joao gave an interview to Sandy’s colleague and received a job offer.  So did anything come of it or was it a producer’s stunt to further a narrative.  The deck crew versus the interior vying for Sandy’s praises perhaps?

According to an Instagram post, Joao is celebrating his new status as Captain.  He posted several pictures onboard a new yacht and wrote, “I left Zimbabwe with nothing but a backpack, a few cold coins and hope…3 years later, my first charter as a captain on a 30m (100ft) vessel was with @clubyachtcharter 5 days after the show ended.  It was incredible and also f&@king scary!!!”

Jack showed up to support his former boss.  Joao wrote, “I had Jack visit me and ‘test the equipment.’  I am doing my OOW (the next big license I need) now and I will be doing a few events this year-possibly including Bravocon.”

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Joao is certainly optimistic about his future, “I have so many people to thank!  So here is One Big THANK YOU!!!  I hope to see a few fans at the charity events and would love to meet a few die hard fans.  Who knows what the future will bring.  Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to find it posted on IG!”

Is Below Deck Mediterranean still in Joao’s future?  Or will Sandy need a new bosun next season?

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[Photo Credit: Greg Endries/Bravo]