Ahoy! Below Deck Mediterranean is finally back on June 3rd, and with it a great mix of cast members. Captain Sandy Yawn is at the helm of the Sirocco. Bravo has, of course, realized that fans love seeing her at odds with Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. Joao Franco returns as Bosun this season, and Colin Macy O’Toole rounds out the returning cast.
That leaves two positions open in both the interior and the deck crew and that’s a lot of opportunity for new hookups, dysfunction, drama, and authority questioning.
Hannah Ferrier may or may not watch herself on Below Deck Mediterranean. Perhaps for the sake of optimism, let’s assume she did view herself last season, took stock of what the rest of us saw, and decided to do something about it.
Maybe Hannah took note of the endless smoke breaks, and the stress it put on her interior team. Certainly, working her way through a giant carton of cigarettes and owing Conrad Empson 50 Euros seemed to backfire on her. Hannah badgered Conrad to no end because he asked for that money back.
Last week, the Season 4 trailer for Below Deck Mediterranean was released. It looks like Bravo is again throwing in a casting curve-ball. And while it may be unexpected, it’s certainly the logical next step for mixing up the typical gender roles onboard.
First, it was the surprise of a female deck hand. Then Captain Sandy Yawn took the helm in Season 2 of the Mediterranean spinoff. Josiah Carter killed it as the very qualified and fabulous Second Stew last season on the original series, Below Deck. He was the first male to serve with the interior crew.
Below Deck Mediterranean, the younger sibling to Below Deck, has been one of the most successful reality show spinoffs. Understandably so, as the opportunity to watch beautiful people in stunning locations exhibiting sometimes ugly behavior is just too good to resist! Too much food, too much alcohol and non-stop drama make for great television. Last season, the yacht crew and guests sailed into the beautiful ports of Italy, which made me want to chuck it all and fudge my resume to apply to be a deckhand.
During Season 3, we were treated to crew hook-ups, unruly guests, alcohol-fueled melt-downs and endless tension between Captain Sandy Yawn and Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier. And now, the wait for a new season of merriment on the high seas is just about over!
There are reality TV moments that are so outrageous and excessive that it unites fans in their disbelief. Caroline Bedol’s departure from Below Deck last season was one of those moments. It wasn’t Caroline quitting her Third Stew position that was shocking, but the manner in which she was treated by her superiors before she left. Chief Stew Kate Chastain and Second Stew Josiah Carter hooked up a speaker outside Caroline’s door to blast “eviction music.”
Crewmate Ross Inia put a stop to it and questioned Kate’s bullying tactics. Fans of the show agreed. Even Captain Lee Rosbach had a similar reaction. A question of ethics also came up. Should audition screening be more thorough to make sure no one is put into a high-pressure situation that they may not be able to handle?
When Caroline Bedol quit Below Deck, she did so without any advance notice. Correction, she first gave two days notice. Then, she abruptly decided not to get out of bed the next morning. Chief Stew Kate Chastain and Second Stew Josiah Carter were left with a full workload, yet again. But Caroline wasn’t in a hurry to leave the boat. What happened next was one of the most talked about events all season.
In retrospect, maybe Caroline’s squatting tendencies resulted from not having a home to return to. She is certainly not in a stable situation now. Last week, Caroline was publicizing her Paypal account and asking for money. She must not have gotten the response she needed because Caroline is now “between homes.”
Fans of Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean get to experience all the drama of working in the yachting industry. Like any good reality show, it’s about getting to know new cast members and seeing how people interact. The whole premise of the show is the lives of the crew. But what about the Captain?
On Below Deck Mediterranean, Captain Sandy Yawn stays out of the fray for the most part. She did have some confrontations with veteran Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier about her incessant smoke breaks but viewers certainly don’t get as close with her as the rest of the crew. Perhaps that’s why Sandy chose to share a personal story to her Instagram on Monday.
Ahoy, readers! I must announce all of my nautical dreams and wishes have come true in the form of another series from the very popular Below Deck franchise! Always a fan of watching any and all antics on the high seas, another form of this show brings me so much joy and makes me downright giddy with excitement. This time the action on the high seas will happen aboard a luxury sailing charter rather than the charter yachts we have become accustomed to.
We are coming off the most recent season of Below Deck where we witnessed wild (“I’m a boat captain too you know!”) Rhylee Gerber yelling “Got it!” to long-suffering Bosun Ross Inia a minimum of 15 times per episode. And, of course, the amazing working relationship between Queen of the High Seas of Chief Stew-dom Kate Chastain and Josiah Carter. #bestseasonever