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.
Tears. So many tears on last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean. JuneJune, Sadness. JuneJuneGladness. Maybe JuneJune staying would not have been so bad, eh. We also saw the long awaited return of Ben Robinson. I have many thoughts about this. Many deep, snarkily pureed and hopefully beautifully executed thoughts.
So Colin Macy-O’Toole is about fall on his sword (anchor?) for June Foster. June has just been dismissed as Captain Sandy Yawn plays chess with inappropriately long hugs and meaningful glances followed up by Free Ice Cream Sunday coupons upon return to Florida. So June is out, Anastasia Surmava is down in the corner as third stew again, and Ben is approaching the boat to save everyone from poor tips.
And Colin, well, Colin is knight in shining armor dreaming of a home cooked pot of mommy’s Mac and cheese. If only he can get untangled from this daggone anchor known as Joao Franco‘s emotional neediness.
Tonight Below Deck Mediterranean undergoes yet another cast shift this season when June Foster departs after Ben Robinson finally appears to take over the role of chef and Anastasia Surmava resumes her position as Third Stew.
Before June officially leaves, Colin Macy-O’Toole offers up his position in exchange for June keeping her job on the Sirocco. Unfortunately, Captain Sandy Yawn faces a tough realization about whether or not letting June go was the right decision when she realizes that Anastasia’s issues may not have been limited to stress over being the chef!
It has been an interesting season of Below Deck Mediterranean. Most of the charter guests have been well-behaved, so much of the focus has been on the crew. Jack Stirrup and Aesha Scott have given us a taste of romance. Joao Franco has stepped up as bosun and has kind-of-sort-of changed his behavior for the better. Travis Michalzik has offered up a free PSA on the dangers of drinking too much. And true to her word at the beginning of the season, Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier has actually become a…competent employee!
The galley has been the scene of much of the drama this season. Chef Mila Kolomeitseva was fired for her epic failure as a chef. Anastasia Surmava stepped into her shoes, but has admittedly struggled as an untrained chef in a demanding job. All season long, there have been rumors of a return of Ben Robinson to the show. Now, we know that the rumors are true and Ben is back to replace Anastasia in the galley.
We’ve been getting to know Jack Stirrup . The new deckhand showed up on Below Deck Mediterranean under a mop of curly hair. Jack appeared relatively innocuous. What he lacked in work ethic, he attempted to make up for in charm. On the bright side, Jack wasn’t trying to fool anyone with his job dedication. He got on relatively well with the crew, though Joao Franco wasn’t impressed with his charm, his hair, or his attitude.
After mild flirtation seemed turned to full infatuation with Aesha Scott , the two were basically inseparable. Viewers were treated to their public displays of… affection. But hey, these are two young, attractive people working on a yacht in the South of France. Many of Jack and Aesha’s moments of “quality time” are held under minimal lighting of a club, double fisting cocktails. One night, after imbibing probably more liquor than medically necessary, Jack made a very big mistake. Now he responds to his thoughtless action and in a reality television twist, feels incredibly horrible about it.
We are back with Instagram Roundup! This time we are trying it out on a monthly basis with a look back of the most interesting photos from this past month.
Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder shared engagement photos with new fiancé Beau Clark. The two them along with other cast members went to Vegas for Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz’s legal marriage ceremony. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, it wasn’t legal the first time they tied the knot, so they had to do it again.
Last night’s supersized 90 minute Below Deck Mediterranean was so full of drama amongst the cast that after a while they didn’t even bother showing the guests. Like oh, yeah – those guys. I don’t think we even saw their final dinner, unless I was so distracted by all the cast issues that I blocked it out?
Lord Jesus I have the worst case of concentrationitis right now. I believe that’s called “procrastination” in actual English. Maybe Jack Stirrup is rubbing off on me when he should be rubbing the railings of Sirocco? We’ve all lost our will to carry on here. With three charters left to go, everyone has reached the point in the charter season where they’re in a haze of exhaustion. Most notably, Anastasia Surmava. Anastasia resembles a worn out sponge. Crumpled, and no amount of shoving Spongstasia in the dishwasher can bring her back to her former glory.
On tonight’s Below Deck Mediterranean, the crew begins to crack under the pressure of being over-worked and under-prepared while hitting the mid-charter season slump. Things get so bad someone either quits or is fired!
My money is on Anastasia Surmava either leaving because she realizes that she can’t handle the pressure of being a yacht chef, or getting fired because her ego won’t let her admit that she’s ill-prepared causing her to f–k up left and right until Captain Sandy Yawn has no other choice but to let Anastasia go and bring on Ben Robinson.