There was a mutiny of sorts on Below Deck Mediterranean. It wasn’t Captain Sandy Yawn who was the target, but Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. Love her or hate her, Hannah has been with the show since the first season. While she comes off abrasive and petty, and puts median effort into her job, Hannah should not have been the victim of the conveniently-timed attempt to overthrow her. Though, without question, Bugsy Drake makes the better Chief Stew.
Fans called out bosun Malia White for her role in exposing Hannah’s reliance on prescription anxiety medication during the most recent episode. Captain Sandy’s judgment was also called into question. But what was their level of involvement? And did they act on their own initiative?
Below Deck Mediterranean fans know that Captain Sandy Yawn and Hannah Ferrier have never got along… for more than a minute anyway. Those years of animosity in combination with Sandy’s tendency to micromanage the interior just equate to a disaster.
Then, throw in the fact that Sandy has an affinity for two crew members who do not get along with Hannah– Bugsy Drake and Malia White– Hannah really had no chance of enjoying this charter season. Without consulting Hannah, Captain Sandy just switched up the cabin arrangements to accommodate Malia and her boyfriend Tom Checketts. She automatically sides against Hannah no matter what the circumstance.
The Below Deck Mediterranean drama spilled over from the most recent episode onto social media. Fans are livid with Malia White for sneaking into the bathroom to take photos of Hannah Ferrier’s prescription medication. They’re also annoyed with Malia for demanding that everyone on the boat switches up their living situations for the final two weeks of the season because her boyfriend Tom Checketts stepped in as the chef after our beloved Kiko Lorran was fired. And Malia had the nerve to call Hannah “unprofessional” because she couldn’t sleep without her boyfriend for two weeks. Meanwhile, Bugsy Drake didn’t want to live with Hannah either.
However, Captain Sandy Yawn just sided with
teacher’s pet Malia and her man Tom, making an announcement on the radio that Malia will get her way with the cabin arrangements- even though it’s HANNAH’S JOB to assign cabins. Meanwhile, it got completely glossed over that Tom was “on his way to visit a sick family member,” just happened to have his knives with him, and Kiko just happened to be fired. Now, Tom is sticking around for the rest of the season.
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).
If you’re reading this, you probably love reality TV. Bravo fans can be particularly divided when it comes to who we love or we love to hate. But Below Deck’s Captain Lee Rosbach is one Bravolebrity we can all probably agree on. This Stud of the Sea is one of the few level-headed people on Bravo. He knows how to do his job, protects his crew, and demands the best from people.
Captain Lee is currently dealing with the mess of this cruise ship scam and having his identity stolen. But more tragically he is revisiting the loss of his son, Joshua Lee Rosbach. Last year, around this time, Joshua died way too young, from a drug addiction. The Captain is now honoring his son with some reflections.
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.