Below Deck’s Captain Lee Rosbach has had a hard year. Last year around this time he lost his son, Joshua, way too soon, to a battle with addiction. He recently shared some sweet reflections on Instagram about Joshua’s passing a year later. On top of this painful tragedy, the captain’s identity was recently stolen. Apparently, scammers were attempting to extort money from people applying for cruise liner positions and used his name.
Days after this scam was exposed, another a**hole (Captain Lee’s words) assumed his identity to exploit the death of his son. Who does that? The captain excoriated the impersonator on social media, ending his outcry with, “sleep well tonight.” Seriously, why do something so disgusting? And to this man, who would no doubt crush you if he ever saw you? Needless to say, Captain Lee is going through it and fans will be happy to see him doing something meaningful for himself.
Below Deck star Captain Lee Rosbach recently commemorated the one-year anniversary of his son Joshua’s death. That alone must be incredibly difficult, but some awful person has decided to exploit the reality star’s pain for personal gain.
Someone claiming to be Captain Lee posted a tribute to Josh along with a fake email address. It’s unclear if the man asked people for money or if he was pretending to be Captain Lee for some other reason, but, regardless, it’s an awful thing to do. Poor, Captain Lee. The man can’t catch a break. Super recently, someone assumed his identity, pretended to be recruiting for a cruise ship job, and asked applicants for money (which made no sense).
Below Deck star Captain Lee Rosbach is one of those reality stars that you can’t help but trust. He’s such a credible and knowledgeable man. Who wouldn’t want to work with and learn from him?
Well, apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so highly of the Below Deck OG. Some scammers decided to pretend to be Captain Lee in an effort to lure people into paying to apply for cruise ship jobs. I’m very green when it comes to the yachting industry (other than watching this show, obviously), but since when do you have to pay money to apply for a job opportunity? That doesn’t make any sense to me. However, plenty of people fell for the scam and forked over money for a chance to work with Captain Lee.
Ashton Pienaar gave Below Deck viewers two seasons of incredibly charged behavior and infamous moments. As a deckhand, Ashton nearly lost his life after a mishap with tow lines. Last season Ashton was the misogynistic bosun who couldn’t apologize enough to Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, and Captain Lee Rosbach.
Ashton did have some tender moments as well. He often talked about “planting seeds,” which more times than not were fruitless attempts. But Ashton did manage to hook up with Laura Betancourt in season 6 and the two remained friends after filming ended.
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.
One of the most important crew relationships on any Below Deck show is the dynamic between the captain and the chief stew. Everything that occurs on the boat, from charter guest parties to personnel issues flows from the camaraderie between the two positions.
Of all the Below Deck shows, the closest captain-chief stew relationship has been between Captain Lee Rosbach and Chief Stew Kate Chastain. Through six seasons of sailing the Caribbean and South Pacific together, the two have had each other’s backs through stormy seas, out-of-control guests and unhappy crew members. When Kate announced she was leaving the show, many people were surprised. Count Captain Lee among them.
Madison Stalker is definitely struggling both professionally and emotionally. According to her boss, Jenna MacGillivray, the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Second Stew has been under-performing at her job. Jenna suggests it’s a time management issue as Madison stays up into the wee hours in the hopes of running into crush Parker McCown. Unfortunately for Madison, he’s just not that into her. This epiphany is only going to fuel her negativity further.
Madison sees it as Jenna giving her brusque orders without managing the team well. Jenna also flirts with Chef Adam Glick CONSTANTLY. Their sexual innuendo permeates the boat, which leaves the rest of the crew feeling like they are interrupting something. Actually that question comes up a lot. It’s a small boat. The tension between Jenna and Madison came to a peak when Jenna expressed her frustrations to Captain Glenn Shephard .
Below Deck Sailing Yacht is the unrefined spinoff of its highly successful counterpart, Below Deck. Yes, the boat is beautiful, and yes any of us plebs would be lucky to charter it. But it’s hardly the same luxury experience that we’ve seen previously. It would interest a sailing enthusiast, and that’s certainly a reason to tune in.
The views are breathtaking, but the parties and excursions have been a little underwhelming. Crew drama is really what keeps us coming back for more. And this bunch is bickering and imploding. Madison Stalker and Parker McCown are mouthing off to their superiors which gives Chief Stew Jenna MacGillivray lots of fodder to then snark over with Chef Adam Glick. Tensions are building for sure, and will escalate into larger conflicts.