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Joao Franco Reveals His Below Deck Mediterranean Dream Team

It’s the question that gets posed time and time again to the cast of Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean.  Who’s on your yachtie dream-team?  For this season, the Med crew was pretty solid after microwave operator Mila Kolomeitseva left.  Anastasia Surmava did an admiral job as chef until she stepped aside for Ben Robinson to saunter back into our livesJune Foster only made a favorable impression on smitten Colin Macy O-Toole, but her tenure was also short-lived.

So we are finishing the season with the original squad, plus an actual chef.  Captain Sandy Yawn has been dishing out the hugs in proper mother hen fashion.  What can be better than that?  Well, according to Bosun Joao Franco, there is one person that could improve at their job.

Below Deck Mediterranean Travis Michalzik

The latest group of charter guests to booze cruise through the Med shamelessly ogled the deck crew.  The sexual comments and liquor kept flowing with these ladies on Below Deck Mediterranean.  Captain Sandy Yawn even had to rescue Jack Stirrup from a herd of thirsty ladies that infiltrated the bridge.  Whether Jack wanted assistance or not is another story.

Travis Michalzik set his sights on one charter guest that he nicknamed “Blondie,” aka Natalie.  When the group departed, Travis slipped Blondie a piece of paper.  If Natalie had seen Travis after an off night, passed out and reeking of alcohol, we could guess what happened to that piece of paper.  But since Travis was his polished and charming self at the time, it does raise the question; did Natalie ever contact Travis?

Below Deck Mediterranean Travis Michalzik

In the last dregs of the summer season, the Sirocco continues to slowly circle France and Below Deck Mediterranean chugs on.

I couldn’t even be bothered to remember the names of the charter guests. I’ll just call them “Alcohol Now,” which is the t-shirt the primary was wearing when he boarded the boat. The primaries own some sort of luxury puppy palace. So, explain to me, again, how that makes you rich? Even if your only clients are Lisa Vanderpump and Kameron Westcott things aren’t adding up. But here they are and here we are, watching it all unfold; boringly. I assume the one woman who is allergic to everything under the sun (except alcohol and silicone – clearly) is going to have some sort of attack after accidentally consuming something Ben Robinson accidentally served her.

Either because the specialty plate went to the wrong person when one of the stews (you know it will be Anastasia Surmava) was distracted, or because Ben was so anxious about the burners and the size of the galley that he misread the preference sheet again and prepared something she cannot eat. Anyway the episode ends with this woman literally crawling out of her cabin and collapsing on the floor. Exciting to say the least (to be fair they were sailing through a squall).

Below Deck Mediterranean Captain Sandy Yawn

As the countdown to the conclusion of this charter season approaches things are becoming more stressful and dramatic by the day on Below Deck Mediterranean. All this chaos also coincides with the end of the summer summer, meaning increasingly volatile weather in the Mediterranean.

Tonight Ben Robinson struggles to regain his yachtie skills while battling a too small galley and dysfunctional components which is impacting his ability to get the food out in a timely manner. Meanwhile, Hannah Ferrier is struggling to connect with Ben and deal with his temperamental moods that demand too much of Anastasia Surmava‘s time. 

There Will NOT Be A Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 Reunion

Season 4 of Below Deck Mediterranean has come through week after week. Mila Kolomeitseva was ousted as chef after some sad tacos and a some baking soda-flavored cake. And let’s not forget those homophobic comments that she hasn’t publicly addressed.

Anastasia Surmava filled in as chef, but it didn’t work out. Captain Sandy Yawn gave Anastasia her third stew spot back and unfairly fired June Foster. This prompted Colin Macy-O’Toole to put his own job on the line for June. And, we were all saved when Chef Ben Robinson returned to the Below Deck franchise. This isn’t even half of the drama that went down during Season 4. The reunion episode needs to be three parts. At least.

Below Deck Mediterranean Colin Macy-O'Toole Captain Sandy Yawn

Last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean was a mess! Messier than Travis Michalzik after making out with his girlfriend, vodka!

First, there are the guests who are so distracted by bragging about who has the biggest menopausal sex drive they forget to eat their dinner until it gets cold, then the primary tattles to Captain Sandy Yawn. Instead of assessing the situation (‘ass’ being the operative prefix!) Captain Sandy hightails it down to the galley to complain to Ben Robinson, who promptly shoves his finger into the pan of risotto and proclaims it hot. PIPING. As hot as Ben’s rage and regret that he once again sold his soul to Bravo: the pirates of dignity.

Below Deck Mediterranean Colin Macy-O'Toole

I hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic and relaxing Labor Day and what better way to end a holiday than with a brand new episode of Below Deck Mediterranean!

The Med is heating waaaay up with a boat full of very fresh and flirtatious (re: sexually harassing) guests who cannot keep their hands off the male members of the Sirocco crew. In fact a few of the ladies get a bit too close to Jack Stirrup for their own good!

Captain Sandy Yawn Leah Shafer Below Deck Mediterranean

Captain Sandy Yawn has faced many challenges in her time as a Captain on Below Deck Mediterranean. Unruly guests. Unpredictable weather. A chef who considered canned food haute cuisine. Crew members who sometimes want to do anything but the job they were hired on to do. Being away from home for weeks at a time might be the most difficult part of her job, however.

Despite her hectic schedule, Sandy shared with her fans earlier this year that she had found love. Sandy met gospel singer Leah Shafer on Facebook and the two quickly became a couple. Since then, Sandy’s Instagram has been filled with photos of the two looking very happy together. Sandy even moved to Denver to be with Leah. Sadly, Sandy has announced that the couple is now facing a major challenge in their life–Leah has been diagnosed with breast cancer.