Below Deck Sailing Yacht Captain Glenn Shephard

Captain Glenn Shephard Names The Worst Charter Guests From Below Deck Sailing Yacht

Captain Glenn Shephard admitted bias when naming his favorite charter guests this season on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. It was something about sharing Canadian nationality wasn’t it? But truly, the latest group of charter guests were great fun, and all crew on board agreed the vibe, and tip, were tremendous.

But now that the season is coming to an end, the Parsifal III captain was asked to reflect on the charter guests that were hosted on Season 3.  Specifically, the good, the bad, and the worst of the worst.  Captain Glenn’s “least favorite” group, “is pretty obvious.”

Captain Glenn told Bravo’s The Daily Dish that his least favorite group were also the only people that found any fault with Chef Marcos Spaziani cooking. Remember the “ballpark” food comment? Yes, it was that trio of husband, wife, and mother that made it to the top of the distasteful list.

“Erica Rose and her husband, Charlie, and [mother] Cindi – to some degree messing up the sofa and trying to pretend it wasn’t her – they were probably the worst,” Captain Glenn said during a red carpet interview at NBC Universal upfront. “I don’t really like talking negatively about people.  They didn’t take care of the crew.  They kind of screwed the crew on, you know, they didn’t leave a normal tip. We don’t tell them how much to leave us in tip, but they left a really good tip last year. You go to the same restaurant two weeks in a row and you give a really good tip and then the next week you don’t, it’s like you’re saying something. So I felt like they were saying something negative to us, where we felt like we did a pretty good job of doing our best to take care of them, make sure they had a good holiday.”

Indeed, after incredibly demanding behavior, and smearing self-tanner on the lounge sofa, Erica’s charter group left a paltry $6,500 tip.  It worked out to $720 a person.  Hardly, worth the trouble.  The crew was shocked, but Captain Glenn tried to rationalize what happened.  “If somebody has a legitimite complaint, we take it very seriously, but they were just making stuff up, I think, to justify the tip they already decided before they even arrived,” he said, “I don’t know.  There was something going on.”

Ever the optimistic, Captain Glenn tried to be fair and said, “they weren’t terrible terrible.”  The crew had moments of “some fun” during the ordeal and that the accompanying guests, “were lovely” and “great.”

With that unpleasant recollection out of the way, Captain Glenn recalled other memorable guests.  They “had some great people” on the yacht.  One group requested a crew talent show.  That primary, Jim, “was really cool, his gang of poeple.” Captain Glenn said, “Oh my god, those guys were so much fun.”

Chief Stew Daisy Kelliher agreed that Jim top the list of “awesome guests.”  She said, “They were super fun, and they wanted to be there.  You know, you vibe off that energy.  People who want to be there, it makes our job easier.”

And while Daisy found Erica’s group difficult, her “biggest challenge” was Dr. Kim Nichols girls trip charter.  “The three of them were lovely, but the other three, they’re not bad people, but it’s that sort of level of demands, where even if we had a third stew, you can’t,” Daisy explained. “People who ask too much, we could never cater to them.  So that, for me, was probably the hardest charter I’ve ever done in my career.”

For sure, these nightmare charters will be rehashed during the Season 3 reunion, but as for what else will be discussed, Captain Glenn said, he didn’t “know what’s going to come up.” Crew drama for sure, including feedback from Tom Pearson and Gabriela Barragan as to why they left the season early.

“We had some issues. We lost a couple crew members. We had one kind of event that was, you know, not ideal,” Captain Glenn explained regarding the incident when Parisafal III dragged anchor.  “I’ve been 22 years on superyachts, never had that particular thing where we had the storm, and the person who’s meant to be watching the anchor watch didn’t do their job correctly, and we ended up stopping in shallow water, which is very serious. So, I don’t know. We’ll probably address stuff like that.”

Still, Captain Glenn is looking forward to having his whole crew together again.  “I think it’ll just be fun to see everyone together and chat and reminisce,” he said, “Obviously, there will be some drama.”

The seasoned Bravo-lebrity knows the drill, and expectations for drama that come with reality TV.  But Captain Glenn said the fame hasn’t gotten to his head and he’s still doing his “normal job,” continuing 13 years on Parsifal III.

“So it’s a job I do every day, been doing it a long time,” Captain Glenn explained, “And all of a sudden it’s on TV, and some of my friends and buddies in the industry and high school, they see me on TV, and it’s kind of interesting. I enjoy it. I especially enjoy sharing the concept of people working on superyachts to a younger audience that may be looking for a career path that’s a little different from a typical corporate world, a little more adventurous. I really like that aspect of it.”

It’s clear Captain Glenn is married to the job. “Something really special about working on these boats,” he exclaimed. “It’s hard work, but it’s more of a lifestyle. It’s not just a job. I mean, the boats are beautiful. Obviously, we have a lot of interesting, beautiful people working on the boat, beautiful guests coming on the boat, interesting people from all walks of life. So, yeah, it’s good fun. And the exotic locations don’t hurt, right?”

And while Captain Glenn always dismissed the idea of marriage, he revealed there is, “someone in my life.” He added, “but we don’t really want that out in the public eye, at this stage anyway. Maybe in the future.”

His relationship certainly hasn’t affected his life at sea.  For now, Captain Glenn is still at the helm.  He said, “I’m happy. I’m cruising aroud in my sailboat in France.  I have some time off right now.  I go back to Parsifal in about two or three weeks.  So that’s what I do. If I’m not working, if the weather’s right, I’m on my boat.”


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