Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his family ran the crew of Parsifal ragged. They were very vocal about food preferences and demanded plated meals for their brood. Chef Natasha De Bourg struggled under the time management. The beach picnic was a bust too and if it weren’t for Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux, Barrie wouldn’t have had anything to rave about. No one on Below Deck Sailing Yacht was sorry to see the family of nine leave.
This eccentric group were obviously accustomed to a high standard, one which should come with a certain level of discretion. But at one point during the charter, chief stew Daisy Kelliher was sharing tabloid fodder about them. When the episode aired, Barrie was none to pleased to see the crew gossiping about his family. Especially since he claimed the information Daisy found is not entirely accurate.
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan presented Below Deck fans to a new concept, that of long term relationship in the boating/yachting industry. They were introduced to us as bosun and first mate in the premier season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Their four year romance seemed to be an exception rather than the rule in an industry of seasonal boatmances.
Not that their love was without hiccups along the way. Paget was consistently flirting with costar Georgia Grobler, and by the end of the season she was professing deep feelings towards him. There was no physical indiscretion, and at the time filming wrapped, Paget and Ciara seemed unshaken by the incident. They bought a home in France, and moved in together as of October 2020. There was an engagement. So what really happened?
If last week’s episode of Below Deck Sailing Yacht was a reminder of how easily the threat of a global pandemic can burst the bubble of a luxury sailing vacation, this week was the aftermath. And it turned out to be a bit of a pump-fake if I’m being honest. The action picks up immediately following the guests leaving the boat. Parsifal is docked and the high maintenance foursome are being quarantined in a nearby hotel. As the minutes tick by waiting for the COVID test results, the crew has nothing to do but sit around and wait. Will the charter be cancelled? Will the entire season? Is this the end?
It’s not. After a tense two-and-a-half hour wait, the medical officer calls with news. All the guests have tested negative. But there’s a twist. Since one guest is still symptomatic, the doctors are recommending they don’t return to the boat. Which means no coronavirus, but the charter is still over. Which is a huge disappointment, considering they hadn’t even made it 24 hours into the charter. But at least the season’s not over? So there’s not much anyone can do besides breathe a sigh of relief and pack up everything the guests left on the boat.
Friction between chefs and chief stews is not a new phenomenon in the Below Deck franchise. The chefs prioritize their food and ego above all else, while the interior staff have to manage the entire guest experience. Sometimes opinions clash, but food really can make or break a charter.
The only exception was the pairing of Adam Glick and Jenna MacGillivray on last season’s Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Not only did Adam and Jenna get along, they were crazy for each other. Until they weren’t. But for most of the season, their was peace in the galley. And lots of shiny glasses. Unfortunately, the premiere of Season 2 revealed that the dynamic between galley and interior was going to be very different.
The most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranean is the episode that just keeps on giving. Every day, there’s more to the story and more people from the Below Deck universe sharing their hot takes.
There is just so much to unpack from that episode, but, among other things, Malia White pushed everyone to switch up their cabin arrangements just so Malia could sleep in the same room as her boyfriend Tom Checketts for two weeks. She had the nerve to call Hannah Ferrier “unprofessional” when all she wanted to do was continue the level of peace she had with Bugsy Drake, which would never last if they had to live together.
Even Bugsy felt the same way, but Malia villainized Hannah and went to Captain Sandy Yawn. Sandy never ran the decision by Hannah or asked for her opinion. Instead, she just announced that the decision was made over the radio. As a result, the Below Deck Med fans were livid and Below Deck alums have opinions as well. Below Deck Sailing Yacht stars Ciara Duggan and Jenna MacGillivray have a lot to say and they are #TeamHannah.
Below Deck is one of the most popular reality TV franchises. The original show is still going strong. Below Deck Mediterranean just started a new season. Below Deck Sailing Yacht recently finished its first season.
While Below Deck Sailing Yacht had some interesting drama, it became pretty exhausting to watch the ups and downs of Jenna MacGillivray and Adam Glick’s romantic relationship. Sure, it was entertaining at times, but it also was so draining. Or at least that’s how I felt, even from the comfort of my own couch at home. Adam had some redeeming moments on Below Deck Med, but pretty much none on this show. And don’t even get me started on Jenna. To put it kindly (sort of), she’s just not an audience favorite. However, I love Captain Glenn Shephard. He has a great attitude and he never hesitates to help out when the crew needs an extra hand. He’s very refreshing to watch… but I have no problem cleaning house when it comes to the rest of the cast.
As the Below Deck series and spin-offs continue to multiply, it’s only natural to contrast the differing crew, boats, and captains. Turnover in yachting seems quite high among the crew, but the captains have been pretty consistent throughout the seasons.
Captain Lee Rosbach is our OG from the pilot episode, while Captain Sandy Yawn replaced Captain Mark Howard after one season and has been on Below Deck Mediterranean ever since. Captain Glenn Shephard is the newcomer at the helm of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. And while he seemed to have a firm and steady hand in terms of dealing with crew issues, his handling of a suspected charter guest with drugs did not go over so well in the season finale.
Ah, the perils of becoming a reality TV star. It’s easy in the beginning to think of the thrills, the ego boost, the money, and the increased social media presence. But what happens when fans turn on you. Just ask Below Deck Sailing Yacht Chief Stew Jenna MacGillivray.
Anyone following the season may not be surprised that Jenna has become the pariah of the crew. She was brusque with her team, and engaged in extremely unprofessional PDA with Chef Adam Glick. There was never a missed opportunity to tell subordinates that they had no right to an opinion, even on crew nights off the boat. With all the fan backlash, it’s worth questioning whether Jenna has done any retrospection since filming wrapped.